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Document 32015R2282

Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/2282 of 27 November 2015 amending Regulation (EC) No 794/2004 as regards the notification forms and information sheets (Text with EEA relevance)

OJ L 325, 10.12.2015, p. 1–180 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

In force

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg/2015/2282/oj

10.12.2015   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 325/1


COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2015/2282

of 27 November 2015

amending Regulation (EC) No 794/2004 as regards the notification forms and information sheets

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1589 of 13 July 2015 laying down detailed rules for the application of Article 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (1), and in particular Article 33 thereof,

After consulting the Advisory Committee on State aid,

Whereas:

(1)

The State aid modernisation initiative has focused on the identification of common principles for the assessment of the compatibility of all aid measures by the Commission. In that regard, the Commission considers an aid measure compatible with the Treaty only if it satisfies the criteria of contributing to a well-defined objective of common interest; the need for State intervention; appropriateness; incentive effect; proportionality; and avoidance of undue negative effects on competition and trade between Member States. The State aid guidelines have been revised and streamlined to reflect those common assessment principles. The State aid notification forms and information sheets contained in Commission Regulation (EC) No 794/2004 (2) should therefore be adapted to ensure that the Commission receives all the information necessary for it to carry out its assessment under the modernised State aid rules.

(2)

Aid measures should also comply with the transparency criteria set out in the Transparency Communication (3), which aim to promote compliance, reduce uncertainty and enable companies to check whether aid granted to competitors is legal. Transparency also facilitates enforcement for national and regional authorities by increasing awareness of aid granted at various levels, thus ensuring better monitoring and follow-up at national and local level. For that purpose, the notifying Member States should provide relevant information concerning the publication of information on the aid measures.

(3)

In view of the potential impact on trade and competition of aid schemes with large aid budgets, or which have novel characteristics or involve significant market, technological or regulatory changes, Member States should carry out an evaluation of such schemes. In order to enable the Commission to assess the evaluation plan, Member States should submit to the Commission a draft evaluation plan at the same time as they notify the Commission of the aid scheme concerned. To that end, a new form for the evaluation plan, to be used by Member States, should be added to Regulation (EC) No 794/2004.

(4)

Regulation (EC) No 794/2004 should therefore be amended accordingly,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Regulation (EC) No 794/2004 is amended as follows:

(1)

the title is replaced by the following:

‘Commission Regulation (EC) No 794/2004 of 21 April 2004 implementing Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1589 laying down detailed rules for the application of Article 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union’;

(2)

Annex I is amended in accordance with Annex I to this Regulation;

(3)

Annexes III A and III B are replaced by the text in Annex II to this Regulation.

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 27 November 2015.

For the Commission

The President

Jean-Claude JUNCKER


(1)  OJ L 248, 24.9.2015, p. 9.

(2)  Commission Regulation (EC) No 794/2004 of 21 April 2004 implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 659/1999 laying down detailed rules for the application of Article 93 of the EC Treaty (OJ L 140, 30.4.2004, p. 1).

(3)  Communication from the Commission amending the Communications from the Commission on EU Guidelines for the application of State aid rules in relation to the rapid deployment of broadband networks, on Guidelines on regional State aid for 2014–2020, on State aid for films and other audiovisual works, on Guidelines on State aid to promote risk finance investments, and on Guidelines on State aid to airports and airlines (OJ C 198, 27.6.2014, p. 30).


ANNEX I

Annex I is amended as follows:

(1)

Part I is replaced by the following:

‘PART I.

GENERAL INFORMATION

1.   Status of the notification

Does the information transmitted on this form concern:

(a) ☐

a pre-notification? If so, you may not need to complete the entire form at this stage but to agree with the Commission services which information is required for a preliminary assessment of the proposed measure.

(b) ☐

a notification pursuant to Article 108(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)?

(c) ☐

a simplified notification under Article 4(2) of Regulation (EC) No 794/2004 (1)? If so, please complete only the Simplified Notification Form in Annex II.

(d) ☐

a measure which does not constitute State aid within the meaning of Article 107(1) TFEU but is notified to the Commission for reasons of legal certainty?

If you have selected point (d) above, please indicate below why the notifying Member State considers that the measure does not constitute State aid within the meaning of Article 107(1) TFEU. Please provide a full assessment of the measure in light of each of following four criteria, stressing in particular the criteria that you consider not to be met in the planned measure:

Does the notified measure imply a transfer of public resources or is it imputable to the State?

Does the notified measure confer an advantage upon undertakings?

Is the measure discretionary, available only to a limited number of undertakings, in a limited number of sectors of the economy or does it entail any territorial restrictions?

Does the measure affect competition on the internal market or threaten to distort intra-Union trade?

2.   Identification of the aid grantor

Member State concerned:

Region(s) of the Member State concerned (at NUTS level 2); include information on their regional aid status:

Contact person(s):

 

Name:…

 

Address:…

 

Phone(s):…

 

E-mail(s):…

Please indicate the name, the address (including web address) and the e-mail contact of the granting authority:

 

Name:…

 

Address:…

 

Web address:…

 

E-mail:…

Contact person at the Permanent Representation

 

Name:…

 

Phone(s):…

 

E-mail:…

If you would like a copy of the official correspondence sent by the Commission to the Member State to be forwarded to other national authorities, please indicate here their name, address (including their web address) and e-mail contact:

 

Name:…

 

Address:…

 

Web address:…

 

E-mail:…

3.   Beneficiaries

3.1.   Location of the beneficiary(ies)

(a) ☐

in (an) unassisted region(s):…

(b) ☐

in region(s) eligible for assistance under Article 107(3)(a) TFEU (specify the region(s) at NUTS level 2):…

(c) ☐

in region(s) eligible for assistance under Article 107(3)(c) TFEU (specify the region(s) at NUTS level 3 or lower):…

3.2.   If applicable, location of the project(s)

(a) ☐

in (an) unassisted region(s):…

(b) ☐

in region(s) eligible for assistance under Article 107(3)(a) TFEU (specify the region(s) at NUTS level 2):…

(c) ☐

in region(s) eligible for assistance under Article 107(3)(c) TFEU (specify the region(s) at NUTS level 3 or lower):…

3.3.   Sector(s) affected by the aid measure (i.e. in which the aid beneficiaries are active):

(a) ☐

Open to all sectors

(b) ☐

Sector specific. If so, please specify the sector(s) at NACE group level (2):…

3.4.   In the case of an aid scheme, please specify:

3.4.1.   Type of beneficiaries:

(a) ☐

large enterprises

(b) ☐

small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

(c) ☐

medium-sized enterprises

(d) ☐

small enterprises

(e) ☐

micro enterprises

3.4.2.   Estimated number of beneficiaries:

(a) ☐

under 10

(b) ☐

from 11 to 50

(c) ☐

from 51 to 100

(d) ☐

from 101 to 500

(e) ☐

from 501 to 1 000

(f) ☐

over 1 000

3.5.   In the case of individual aid, either granted within the scope of a scheme or as ad hoc aid, please specify:

3.5.1.   Name of the beneficiary(ies):

3.5.2.   Type of beneficiary(ies):

SME

Number of employees:…

Annual turnover (full amount in national currency, in the last financial year):

Annual balance-sheet total (full amount in national currency, in the last financial year):

Existence of linked enterprise or partner enterprises (please attach a declaration according to Article 3(5) of the Commission Recommendation on SMEs (3) attesting to either the autonomous, linked or partner status of the beneficiary undertaking (4)):

Large enterprise

3.6.   Is the beneficiary(ies) an undertaking in difficulty (5)?

☐ yes

☐ no

3.7.   Outstanding recovery orders

3.7.1.   In the case of individual aid:

The authorities of the Member State commit to suspend the award and/or payment of the notified aid if the beneficiary still has at its disposal earlier unlawful aid that was declared incompatible by a Commission Decision (either as individual aid or aid under an aid scheme being declared incompatible), until that beneficiary has reimbursed or paid into a blocked account the total amount of unlawful and incompatible aid and the corresponding recovery interest.

☐ yes

☐ no

Please provide the reference to the national legal basis concerning this point:

3.7.2.   In the case of aid schemes:

The authorities of the Member State commit to suspend the award and/or payment of any aid under the notified aid scheme to any undertaking that has benefited from earlier unlawful aid declared incompatible by a Commission Decision (either as an individual aid or an aid under an aid scheme being declared incompatible), until that undertaking has reimbursed or paid into a blocked account the total amount of unlawful and incompatible aid and the corresponding recovery interest.

☐ yes

☐ no

Please provide the reference to the national legal basis concerning this point:

4.   National Legal Basis

4.1.   Please provide the national legal basis of the aid measure including the implementing provisions and their respective sources:

National legal basis:…

Implementing provisions (where applicable):

References (where applicable):

4.2.   Please enclose with this notification one of the following:

(a) ☐

a copy of the relevant extracts of the final text(s) of the legal basis (together with a web address which provides direct access to it, if available)

(b) ☐

a copy of the relevant extracts of the draft text(s) of the legal basis (together with a web address which provides direct access, if available)

4.3.   In case of a final text, does the final text contain a stand-still clause whereby the aid granting body can only grant the aid after the Commission has authorised the aid?

Yes

No: has a provision been included to that effect in the draft text?

Yes

No: please explain why such a provision was not included in the text of the legal basis.

4.4.   Where the text of the legal basis contains a stand-still clause, please indicate whether the date of granting of the aid will be:

the date of the approval by the Commission

the date of the commitment of the national authorities to grant the aid, subject to the approval of the Commission

5.   Identification of the Aid, Objective and Duration

5.1.   Title of the aid measure (or name of the beneficiary of the individual aid)

5.2.   Brief description of the objective of the aid

5.3.   Does the measure concern the national co-financing of an European Fund for Strategic investment (EFSI) (6) project?

No

Yes: please attach the European Investment Bank application form to the notification form

5.4.   Type of aid

5.4.1.   Does the notification relate to an aid scheme?

No

Yes: Does the scheme amend an existing aid scheme?

No

Yes: Are the conditions laid down for the simplified notification procedure pursuant to Article 4(2) of Regulation (EC) No 794/2004 fulfilled?

Yes: Please use and complete the Simplified Notification Form (see Annex II).

No: Continue with this form, and specify whether the original scheme which is being amended was notified to the Commission

Yes: please specify:

Aid number (7):…

Date of Commission approval (reference of the letter of the Commission) if relevant or exemption number: …/…/…;

Duration of the original scheme:…

Please specify which conditions are being amended in relation to the original scheme and why:…

No: please specify when the scheme was implemented:

5.4.2.   Does the notification relate to individual aid (8)?

No

Yes: please indicate whether:

the aid is based on an approved/block-exempted scheme which should be individually notified. Please provide the reference to the approved scheme or to the exempted scheme:

 

Title:…

 

Aid number (7):…

 

Letter of Commission approval (where applicable):…

individual aid is not based on a scheme

5.4.3.   Does the system of financing form an integral part of the aid measure (for example, by applying parafiscal levies in order to raise the necessary funds to allow for the aid to be granted)?

No

Yes: if yes, the system of financing should be notified as well.

5.5.   Duration

☐   Scheme

Indicate the planned last date until which individual aid may be granted under the scheme. If the duration exceeds 6 years please indicate why a longer period is indispensable to achieve the objectives of the aid scheme.

☐   Individual aid

Indicate the planned date when the aid will be granted (9):…

If the aid will be paid out in instalments, indicate the planned date(s) of each instalment…

6.   Compatibility of the aid

Common assessment principles

(Sub-sections 6.2 to 6.7 do not apply to aid to the agriculture, fishery and aquaculture sectors  (10) )

6.1.   Please indicate the primary objective and, where applicable, the secondary objective(s), of common interest to which the aid contributes:

 

Primary objective

(please tick only one)

Secondary objective  (11)

Agriculture; Forestry; Rural areas

Broadband infrastructures

Closure aid

Compensation of damage caused by natural disasters or exceptional occurrences

Culture

Aid or disadvantaged workers and/or workers with disabilities

Energy infrastructures

Energy efficiency

Environmental protection

Execution of an important project of common European interest

Fisheries and aquaculture

Heritage conservation

Promotion of export and internationalisation

Regional development (including territorial cooperation)

Remedy for a serious disturbance in the economy

Renewable energy

Rescuing undertakings in difficulty

Research, development and innovation

Restructuring undertakings in difficulty

Risk finance

Sectorial development

Services of general economic interest (SGEI)

SMEs

Social support to individual consumers

Sport and multifunctional recreational infrastructures

Training

Airport infrastructure or equipment

Airport operation

Start-up aid to airlines for the development of new routes

Coordination of transport

6.2.   Please explain the need for State intervention. Please note that the aid must be targeted towards a situation where it can bring about a material improvement which cannot be delivered by the market itself, by remedying a well-defined market failure.

6.3.   Please indicate why the aid is an appropriate instrument to address the objective of common interest as defined in point 6.1. Please note that the aid will not be considered compatible if less distortive measures make it possible to achieve the same positive contribution.

6.4.   Please indicate whether the aid has an incentive effect (that is, when the aid changes the behaviour of an undertaking leading it to engage in additional activity which it would not have engaged in without the aid or would only have engaged in such activity in a restricted or different manner).

☐ yes

☐ no

Please indicate whether activities which started before the submission of an application for aid are eligible.

☐ yes

☐ no

If they are eligible, please explain how the incentive effect requirement is complied with.

6.5.   Please indicate why the aid granted is proportionate insofar as it amounts to the minimum needed to induce investment or activity.

6.6.   Please indicate the possible negative effects of the aid on competition and trade and specify the extent to which they are outweighed by the positive effects.

6.7.   In accordance with the Transparency Communication (12), please indicate whether the following information will be published on a single national or regional website: the full text of the approved aid scheme or the individual aid granting decision and its implementing provisions, or a link to it; the identity of the granting authority/(ies); the identity of the individual beneficiary(ies), the aid instrument (13) and amount of aid granted to each beneficiary(ies); the objective of the aid, the date of granting, the type of undertaking (for example SME, large company); the Commission's aid measure reference number; the region where the beneficiary is located (at NUTS level 2) and the principal economic sector of the beneficiary(ies) (at NACE group level) (14).

☐ yes

☐ no

6.7.1.   Please provide the address(es) of the website(s) on which the information will be made available:

6.7.2.   If applicable, please provide the address(es) of the central website retrieving information from the regional website(s):

6.7.3.   If the address(es) of the website referred to in point 6.7.2 are not known at the time of the submission of the notification, the Member State must undertake to inform the Commission once those websites are created and the addresses are known.

7.   Aid instrument, Aid amount, Aid intensity and Means of funding

7.1.   Aid instrument and aid amount

Specify the form of the aid and the aid amount (15) made available to the beneficiary(ies) (where appropriate, for each measure):

Aid instrument

Aid amount or budget allocation (16)

Overall

Annual

☐   Grants (or similar in effect)

(a) ☐

Direct grant

(b) ☐

Interest rate subsidy

(c) ☐

Debt write-off

 

 

☐   Loans (or similar in effect)

(a) ☐

Soft loan (including details of how the loan is secured and its duration)

(b) ☐

Repayable advances

(c) ☐

Tax deferral

 

 

☐   Guarantee

Where appropriate, provide a reference to the Commission decision approving the methodology to calculate the gross grant equivalent and information on the loan or other financial transaction covered by the guarantee, the security required and the premium to be paid, the duration, etc.

 

 

Any form of equity or quasi-equity intervention

 

 

☐   Tax advantage or tax exemption

(a) ☐

Tax allowance

(b) ☐

Tax base reduction

(c) ☐

Tax rate reduction

(d) ☐

Reduction of social security contributions

(e) ☐

Other (please specify)…

 

 

Other (please specify)

……

Please indicate the instruments to which it would broadly match as regards its effect

……

 

 

For guarantees, please indicate the maximum amount of loans guaranteed:…

For loans, please indicate the maximum (nominal) amount of the loan granted:…

7.2.   Description of the aid instrument

For each aid instrument chosen from the list in point 7.1, please describe the conditions of application of the aid (such as the tax treatment, whether the aid is awarded automatically based on certain objective criteria or whether there is an element of discretion by the awarding authorities):

7.3.   Source of funding

7.3.1.   Specify the financing of the aid:

(a) ☐

General budget of the State/region/local

(b) ☐

Through parafiscal charges or taxes affected to a beneficiary. Please provide full details of the charges and the products/activities on which they are levied (specify in particular whether products imported from other Member States are liable to the charges). If applicable, please annex a copy of the legal basis of the financing.

(c) ☐

Accumulated reserves

(d) ☐

Public enterprises

(e) ☐

Structural fund co-financing

(f) ☐

Other (please specify)

7.3.2.   Is the budget adopted annually?

Yes

No. Please specify what period it covers:…

7.3.3.   If the notification concerns changes to an existing scheme, please indicate the budgetary effects for each of the aid instruments of the notified changes to the scheme on the:

Overall budget…

Annual budget (17)

7.4.   Cumulation

Can the aid be cumulated with aid or de minimis aid (18) received from other local, regional or national aid (19) to cover the same eligible costs?

Yes. If available, please provide the name, purpose and objective of the aid

Please explain the mechanisms put in place in order to insure that the cumulation rules are respected:

No

8.   Evaluation

8.1.   Is the scheme considered for evaluation (20)?

No

If the scheme is not considered for evaluation, please explain why you consider the criteria for evaluation not to be fulfilled.

Yes

According to which criteria is the scheme considered for ex post evaluation:

(a) ☐

A scheme with large aid budget;

(b) ☐

A scheme containing novel characteristics;

(c) ☐

A scheme where significant market, technology or regulatory changes can be foreseen;

(d) ☐

A scheme that you plan for evaluation even if the other criteria referred to in this point do not apply.

If any of the criteria referred to in this point are fulfilled, please indicate the period of evaluation and complete the supplementary information sheet for the notification of an evaluation plan in Annex 1, Part III.8 (21).

8.2.   Please indicate whether any ex-post evaluation has already been carried out for a similar scheme (where relevant, with a reference and a link to any relevant websites)

9.   Reporting and Monitoring

In order to enable the Commission to monitor the aid scheme and individual aid, the notifying Member State undertakes to:

Annually submit to the Commission the reports provided for by Article 26 of Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1589 (22).

Maintain for at least 10 years from the date of award of the aid (individual aid and aid granted under the scheme) detailed records containing the information and supporting documentation necessary to establish that all compatibility conditions are met, and provide them, on a written request, to the Commission within a period of 20 working days or such longer period as may be fixed in the request.

For fiscal aid schemes:

In case of schemes under which fiscal aid is granted automatically based on tax declarations of the beneficiaries, and where there is no ex ante control that all compatibility conditions are met for each beneficiary, the Member State undertakes to put in place an appropriate control mechanism, by which it regularly verifies (for example once per fiscal year), at least ex post and on a sample basis, that all compatibility conditions are met, and to impose sanctions in case of fraud. In order to enable the Commission to monitor fiscal aid schemes, the notifying Member State undertakes to maintain detailed records of the controls for at least 10 years from the date of the controls, and provide them, on a written request, to the Commission within a period of 20 working days or such longer period as may be fixed in the request.

10.   Confidentiality

Does the notification contain confidential information (23) which should not be disclosed to third parties?

Yes. Please indicate which of the form are confidential and provide reasons for confidentiality.

No

11.   Other Information

Where applicable, please indicate any other information relevant for the assessment of the aid.

12.   Attachments

Please list all documents which are attached to the notification and provide paper copies or internet addresses which allow access to the documents concerned.

13.   Declaration

I certify that to the best of my knowledge the information provided on this form, annexes and attachments is accurate and complete.

Date and place of signature…

Signature:…

Name and position of person signing…

14.   Supplementary Information Sheet

14.1.   Based on the information submitted in the general information form, please select the applicable supplementary information sheet to be completed:

(a) ☐

Supplementary information sheets on regional aid

1. ☐

investment aid

2. ☐

operating aid

3. ☐

individual aid

(b) ☐

Supplementary information sheet on research, development and innovation aid

(c) ☐

Supplementary information sheets on aid for restructuring and rescuing undertakings in difficulty

1. ☐

rescue aid

2. ☐

restructuring aid

3. ☐

aid schemes

(d) ☐

Supplementary information sheet on audiovisual production aid

(e) ☐

Supplementary information sheet on aid for broadband aid

(f) ☐

Supplementary information sheet on environment and energy aid

(g) ☐

Supplementary information sheet on risk finance aid

(h) ☐

Supplementary information sheet on aid to the transport sector:

1. ☐

investment aid to airports

2. ☐

operating aid to airports

3. ☐

start-up aid to airlines

4. ☐

aid of a social character under Article 107(2)(a) TFEU

5. ☐

aid for maritime transport

(i) ☐

Supplementary information sheet for the notification of an evaluation plan

(j) ☐

Supplementary information sheets on aid in the agriculture and forestry sectors and in rural areas

(k) ☐

Supplementary information sheet on aid to the fishery and aquaculture sector

14.2.   For aid which is not covered by any supplementary information sheet, please select the relevant provision of the TFEU, guideline or another text applicable to State aid:

(a) ☐

Short term export credit (24)

(b) ☐

Emissions Trading Systems (25)

(c) ☐

Banking Communication (26)

(d) ☐

Communication on important projects of common European interest (27)

(e) ☐

Services of General Economic Interest (Article 106(2) TFEU) (28)

(f) ☐

Article 93 TFEU

(g) ☐

Article 107(2)(a) TFEU

(h) ☐

Article 107(2)(b) TFEU

(i) ☐

Article 107(3)(a) TFEU

(j) ☐

Article 107(3)(b) TFEU

(k) ☐

Article 107(3)(c) TFEU

(l) ☐

Article 107(3)(d) TFEU

(m) ☐

Other(s), please specify

Please provide a justification for the compatibility of the aid falling in the categories selected in this point:

For practical reasons, it is recommended to number the documents provided as annexes and to refer to those document numbers in the relevant sections of the supplementary information sheets.

(2)

Parts III.1, III.2, III.3, III.4, III.5, III.6, III.7, III.8, III.9, III.10 and III.11 are replaced by the following:

‘PART III

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION SHEETS

PART III.1.A

Supplementary Information Sheet on individual regional investment aid

This supplementary information sheet must be used for the notification of any individual investment aid covered by the Guidelines on regional State aid 2014-2020  (29) (the “RAG”). Where several beneficiaries are involved in an individual aid measure, the relevant information must be provided for each of them.

1.   Scope

1.1.   Reasons for notifying the measure:

a) ☐

The notification relates to individual aid granted under a scheme and the aid from all sources exceeds the notification threshold. Please provide State aid references of the approved or block-exempted aid schemes concerned.

b) ☐

The notification relates to individual aid granted outside a scheme (ad hoc aid).

c) ☐

The notification relates to aid granted to a beneficiary that has closed down the same or similar activity (30) in the EEA two years preceding the date of applying for aid or at the moment when submitting the aid application the beneficiary has the intention of closing down such an activity within a period of two years after the investment to be subsidised is completed.

d) ☐

The notification relates to an investment by a large undertaking to diversify an existing establishment in a “c” area into new products and/or new process innovation.

e) ☐

Other. Please explain:

1.2.   Scope of the notified aid measure

1.2.1.   Please confirm that the beneficiary is not an undertaking in difficulty (31)

1.2.2.   If the measure covers investment aid to broadband networks, please explain how the aid granting authority will ensure that the following conditions are complied with and provide the reference to the relevant provisions in the legal basis and/or supporting documents:

aid is granted only to areas where there is no network of the same category (either basic broadband or next generation access networks) and where none is likely to be developed in the near future

the subsidised network operator offers active and passive wholesale access under fair and non-discriminatory conditions with the possibility of effective and full unbundling

aid was or will be allocated on the basis of a competitive selection process in accordance with paragraphs 78(c) and (d) of the EU Guidelines for the application of State aid rules in relation to the rapid deployment of broadband networks (32).

1.2.3.   If the measure covers aid to research infrastructures (33), please confirm that the aid is conditional on giving transparent and non-discriminatory access to this infrastructure and provide supporting documents to that effect and/or provide reference(s) to the relevant parts of the legal basis (paragraph 13 RAG).

1.2.4.   Please provide a copy of the application form and the (draft) aid granting agreement.

2.   Additional information on the beneficiary, investment project and aid

2.1.   Beneficiary

2.1.1.   Identity of aid recipient(s):

2.1.2.   If the legal identity of the aid recipient is different from that of the undertaking(s) that finance(s) the project or the actual beneficiary or beneficiaries of the aid, describe those differences.

2.1.3.   Please give a clear description of the relationship between the beneficiary, the group of enterprises it belongs to and other associated enterprises, including joint ventures.

2.2.   The investment project

2.2.1.   Please provide the following information on the notified investment project:

Date of application for the aid:

 

(Planned) date of start of works on the investment project:

 

Planned date of the start of production:

 

Planned date on which the full production capacity is reached:

 

Planned end date of the investment project:

 

2.2.2.   If the notification covers an investment in an “a” area or an investment by an one or more SMEs (34) in a “c” area, please specify the category or categories of initial investment concerned by the notification (paragraph 20(h) RAG):

(a) ☐

the setting-up of a new establishment

(b) ☐

the extension of the capacity of an existing establishment

(c) ☐

the diversification of the output of an establishment into products not previously produced in the establishment

(d) ☐

a fundamental change in the overall production process of an existing establishment

(e) ☐

an acquisition of assets directly linked to an establishment provided the establishment has closed down or would have closed down had it not been purchased, and is bought by an investor unrelated to the seller (35).

2.2.3.   If the notification covers an investment in a “c” area by a Large Enterprise, please specify the category or categories of initial investment concerned by the notification (paragraph 15 and paragraph 20(i) RAG):

(a) ☐

the setting-up of a new establishment

(b) ☐

the diversification of the activity of an establishment, under the condition that the new activity is not the same or a similar activity (36) to the activity previously performed in the establishment

(c) ☐

diversification of an existing establishment into new products

(d) ☐

new process innovation at an existing establishment

(e) ☐

the acquisition of the assets belonging to an establishment that has closed or would have closed had it not been purchased, and is bought by an investor unrelated to the seller, under the condition that the new activity to be performed using the acquired assets is not the same or a similar activity to the activity performed in the establishment prior to the acquisition.

2.2.4.   Please describe briefly the investment explaining how the project concerned falls within one or more of the categories of initial investment indicated above:

2.3.   Eligible costs calculated on the basis of investment costs

2.3.1.   Please provide the following breakdown of the total eligible investment costs in nominal and discounted value:

 

Total eligible cost (nominal) (37)

Total eligible cost (discounted) (37)

Preparatory studies or consultancy costs linked to the investment (SMEs only)

 

 

Land

 

 

Buildings

 

 

Plant/machinery/equipment (38)

 

 

Intangible assets

 

 

Total eligible cost

 

 

2.3.2.   Please confirm that the acquired assets are new (paragraph 94 RAG) (39).

☐ yes

☐ no

2.3.3.   Please provide evidence to show that in the case of SMEs not more than 50 % of the costs of preparatory studies or consultancy costs linked to the investment is included in the eligible cost (paragraph 95 RAG).

2.3.4.   Please provide evidence to show that for aid awarded for a fundamental change in the production process, the eligible costs exceed the depreciation of the assets linked to the activity to be modernised in the course of the three preceding fiscal years (paragraph 96 RAG).

2.3.5.   Please provide a reference to the legal basis or explain how it is ensured that for aid awarded for a diversification of an existing establishment, the eligible costs exceed by at least 200 % the book value of the assets that are reused, as registered in the fiscal year preceding the start of works (paragraph 97 RAG). If appropriate, provide documentation containing the relevant quantitative data.

2.3.6.   In cases involving the lease of tangible assets, please provide a reference to the relevant provisions in the legal basis where it is stipulated that the following conditions are respected (paragraph 98 RAG) or explain how respect for those conditions is otherwise achieved.

for land and buildings, the lease must continue for at least five years after the expected date of completion of the investment for large companies, and three years for SMEs;

for plant or machinery, the lease must take the form of financial leasing and must contain an obligation for the beneficiary of the aid to purchase the asset at the expiry of the term of the lease.

2.3.7.   Paragraph 99 RAG provides that “In the case of acquisition of an establishment only the costs of buying the assets from third parties unrelated to the buyer should be taken into consideration. The transaction must take place under market conditions. Where aid has already been granted for the acquisition of assets prior to their purchase, the costs of those assets should be deducted from the eligible costs related to the acquisition of an establishment. If the acquisition of an establishment is accompanied by an additional investment eligible for aid, the eligible costs of this latter investment should be added to the costs of purchase of the assets of the establishment”.

If relevant in the notified case, please explain how those conditions have been complied with, providing relevant supporting documentation.

2.3.8.   If the eligible expenditure for the investment project includes intangible assets, please explain how it is ensured that the conditions set out in paragraphs 101 to 102 RAG (40) will be respected. In such cases please provide a precise reference to the relevant provision in the legal basis.

2.4.   Eligible costs calculated on the basis of wage costs

Please:

explain how eligible costs calculated on the basis of wage costs have been established (paragraph 103 RAG);

explain how the number of jobs created has been calculated with reference to paragraph 20(k) RAG;

explain how the wage costs of the persons hired have been established with reference to paragraph 20(z) RAG; and

provide the relevant calculations and documentation supporting the figures.

2.5.   Calculation of discounted eligible costs and the amount of aid

2.5.1.   Please fill in the table in this point with the details of the eligible costs by category of eligible cost to be defrayed over the whole duration of the investment project:

 

Nominal/discounted

N-0 (41)

N+1 (41)

N+2 (41)

N+3 (41)

N+X (41)

Total (41)

Preparatory studies etc. (SMEs only)

Nominal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discounted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land

Nominal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discounted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buildings

Nominal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discounted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plant/machinery/equipment (42)

Nominal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discounted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intangible assets

Nominal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discounted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wage costs

Nominal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discounted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other (please specify)

Nominal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discounted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

Nominal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discounted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please indicate the date to which the amounts were discounted, as well as the discount rate used (43):

2.5.2.   Please complete the table in this point with the details of the notified aid (to be) granted for the investment project by reference to the applicable form of aid:

 

Nominal/discounted

N-0 (44)

N+1 (44)

N+2 (44)

N+3 (44)

N+X (44)

Total (44)

Grants

Nominal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discounted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soft loan

Nominal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discounted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guarantee

Nominal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discounted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax reduction

Nominal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discounted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nominal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discounted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nominal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discounted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

Nominal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discounted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please indicate the date to which the amounts were discounted, as well as the discount rate used:

For each form of aid mentioned in the table in point 2.5.2 please indicate how the grant equivalent is calculated:

Soft loan:

Guarantee:

Tax reduction:

Other:

2.5.3.   Please specify whether any of the aid measures to be granted to the project are not yet defined, and explain how the granting authority will ensure that the applicable maximum aid intensity is respected (paragraphs 82 and 83 RAG):

2.5.4.   Is the project co-financed by the ESI Funds? If so, please explain under which operational programme the ESI Funds finance will be obtained. Please also indicate the amount of ESI Fund finance that will be involved.

2.5.5.   If the beneficiary (at group level) has received aid for one (or more) initial investment(s) started in the same NUTS 3 region over a period of three years from the date of start of works of the notified investment project (paragraph 20(t) RAG), please provide details of the aid measures for each of the previous aided initial investments (including a short description of the investment project, the date of aid application, the date of the aid award, the date of start of works, the aid amount(s) and the eligible costs (45)).

 

Eligible investm. cost (46)

Aid amount granted (46)

Date of applic-ation

Date of aid granting

Date of start of work

Short description

Aid reference(s)

Initial invest. project 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Initial invest. Project 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Initial invest. project 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.5.6.   Please confirm that the total amount of aid that will be granted to the initial investment project does not exceed the “maximum aid intensity” (as defined in paragraph 20(m) RAG), taking into account the increased aid intensity for SMEs (as determined in paragraph 177 RAG) and the “adjusted aid amount” (as defined in paragraph 20(c) RAG), where applicable. Please provide the relevant supporting documentation and calculations.

2.5.7.   Where the aid to be granted to the investment project is to be awarded under several regional aid schemes or cumulated with ad hoc aid, please confirm that the maximum permissible aid intensity that may be granted to the project has been calculated in advance by the first granting authority and specify the amount of that maximum aid intensity. Please explain how the aid granting authorities will ensure that that maximum aid intensity will be respected (paragraph 92 RAG).

2.5.8.   If the initial investment is linked to a European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) project please explain with reference to the provisions set out in paragraph 93 RAG how the maximum aid intensity applicable to the project and the different beneficiaries involved are established.

3.   Compatibility assessment of the measure

3.1.   Contribution to regional objectives and need for State intervention

3.1.1.   Please:

indicate the exact location of the aided project (that is to say the locality and the NUTS 2 or 3 region to which the locality belongs);

provide details on its regional aid status in the current regional aid map (that is to say is it in an area eligible for regional aid under Article 107(3)(a) or (c) TFEU?); and

provide the maximum aid intensity applicable to large enterprises.

3.1.2.   Please explain how the aid will contribute to regional development (47).

3.1.3.   If the notification concerns an individual application for aid under a scheme, please explain how the project contributes towards the objective of the scheme and provide relevant supporting documents (paragraph 35 RAG).

3.1.4.   If the notification concerns ad hoc aid, please explain how the project contributes towards the development strategy of the area concerned and provide relevant supporting documents (paragraph 42 RAG).

3.1.5.   Please explain how the provision requiring that the investment will be maintained in the area concerned for at least five years (three years for SMEs) after its completion is implemented (paragraph 36 RAG). Please provide the reference to the relevant provision in the legal basis (e.g. the aid granting contract).

3.1.6.   In cases where the aid is calculated on the basis of wage costs, please explain how the method of implementation of the provision requiring that jobs are created within three years of the investment completion and that each job created by the investment will be maintained within the area for a period of five years (three years for SMEs) from the date the post is first filled is implemented (paragraph 37 RAG). Please provide the reference to the relevant provision in the legal basis (e.g. the aid granting contract).

3.1.7.   Please provide a reference to the legal basis or demonstrate that the recipient(s) has to make a contribution of at least 25 % of the eligible costs, through its own resources or by external financing, in a form that is exempted of any public financial support (48) (paragraph 38 RAG).

3.1.8.   Did you or do you commit to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment (“EIA”) for the investment (paragraph 39 RAG).

☐ yes

☐ no

If no, please explain why an EIA is not required for this project.

3.2.   Appropriateness of the measure

3.2.1.   If the notification concerns ad hoc aid, please demonstrate how the development of the area concerned is better ensured by such aid than by aid under a scheme or other types of measures (paragraph 55 RAG):

3.2.2.   If the aid is granted in forms that provide a direct pecuniary advantage (49), please demonstrate why other potentially less distortive forms of aid such as repayable advances or forms of aid that are based on debt or equity instruments (50) are not appropriate (paragraph 57 RAG):

3.3.   Incentive effect and proportionality of the measure

3.3.1.   Please confirm that works on the notified individual investment started only after submission of the application for the aid (paragraph 64 RAG). Please provide a copy of the aid application sent to the granting authority by the beneficiary and documentary evidence of the date of the start of works.

3.3.2.   Please explain the incentive effect of the aid by describing the counterfactual scenario with reference to one of the two possible scenarios set out in paragraph 61 RAG.

3.3.3.   In Scenario 1 cases (that is to say, investment decisions under paragraph 61 RAG), please provide the following information (or refer to the relevant parts of the submitted counterfactual scenario) (paragraph 104 RAG):

the calculation of the investment's Internal Rate of Return (“IRR”) with and without the aid (51):

information on the relevant benchmarks for the company (e.g. normal rates of return required by the beneficiary to undertake similar projects, cost of capital of the company as a whole, relevant industry benchmarks):

an explanation of why, on the basis of the criteria in this point, the aid is the minimum necessary to render the project sufficiently profitable (cf. paragraph 79 RAG):

3.3.4.   In Scenario 2 cases (that is to say, location decisions under paragraph 61 RAG), please provide the following information (or refer to the relevant parts of the submitted counterfactual scenario) (paragraph 105 RAG):

the calculation of the difference of the Net Present Value (“NPV”) of the investment in the target area and the NPV of the investment in the alternative location (52):

all the parameters used for the calculation of the NPV of the investment in the target area and the NPV of the investment in the alternative location (among others the time frame concerned, discount rate used, etc.):

an explanation of why on the basis of the information referred to in the first two sub-points the aid does not exceed the difference between the NPV of investment in the target area and the NPV in the alternative location (cf. paragraph 80 RAG):

3.3.5.   If the regional aid is awarded through ESI Funds in “a” regions to investments necessary to achieve standards set by Union law, please explain the following (and provide supporting documentation):

What is the standard concerned?

Why is the investment necessary to achieve the standard?

Why it would not be sufficiently profitable for the beneficiary to make the investment in the area concerned which would lead to the closure of an existing establishment in the area in the absence of the aid (paragraph 63 RAG)?

3.4.   Avoidance of negative effects on competition and trade

For scenario 1 cases

Definition of the relevant market

3.4.1.   Please provide the information specified in this point to identify the relevant product market(s) (that is to say, products affected by the change in behaviour of the aid beneficiary) and to identify the competitors and customers/consumers affected (paragraphs 129 and 130 RAG):

Specify all the product(s) that will be produced in the aided facility upon the completion of the investment and indicate, where appropriate, the NACE code or Prodcom code or CPA nomenclature (53) for projects in the service sectors.

Will the products envisaged by the project replace any other products produced by the beneficiary (at group level)? What product(s) will it replace? If these replaced products are not produced at the location of the project, indicate where they are currently produced. Please provide a description of the link between the replaced production and the current investment and provide a time schedule for the replacement.

What other product(s) can be produced with the same new facilities (through flexibility of the production installations of the beneficiary) at little or no additional cost?

Explain whether the project concerns an intermediate product and whether a significant part of the output is sold otherwise than on the market (under market conditions). Based on that explanation, for the purpose of calculating the market share and capacity increase in the remainder of this section, please indicate whether the product concerned is the product envisaged by the project or whether it is a downstream product.

Please indicate the relevant product market(s) of the product(s) concerned and, if possible, provide evidence in support, from an independent third party. A relevant product market includes the product concerned and its demand-side substitutes, that is to say products considered to be such by the consumer (by reason of the product's characteristics, prices and intended use) and its supply-side substitutes, that is to say products considered as such by producers (through flexibility of the production installations of the beneficiary and its competitors).

3.4.2.   Please provide information, and supporting evidence, on the relevant geographic market of the beneficiary:

Market Power (paragraph 115 and paragraph 132(a)RAG)

3.4.3.   Please provide the following information on the market position of the beneficiary (over a period of time before receiving the aid and the expected market position after finalising the investment):

an estimate of all sales (in value and volume terms) of the beneficiary in the relevant market (at group level).

an estimate of the overall sales of all producers in the relevant market (in value and volume terms). If available, include statistics prepared by public and/or independent sources.

3.4.4.   Provide an assessment of the structure of the relevant market including, for example, the level of concentration in the market, possible barriers to entry, buyer power and barriers to expansion or exit. Please provide evidence, from an independent third party if possible, to support the conclusions on this point.

Capacity (paragraph 132(a) RAG)

3.4.5.   Provide an estimate of the additional production capacity created by the investment (in volume and value terms):

For all cases

Manifest negative effects

3.4.6.   In Scenario 1 cases, please provide the following information, and supporting evidence, on the relevant product market (54):

From a long-term perspective, is the relevant market structurally in absolute decline (that is to say, showing a negative growth rate)? (paragraph 135 RAG)?

Is the relevant market in relative decline (that is to say, showing a positive growth rate, but not exceeding a benchmark growth rate)? (paragraph 135 RAG)

In Scenario 2 cases, please indicate whether without aid the investment would have been located in a region with a regional aid intensity which is higher or the same as the target region (paragraph 139 RAG). Please provide supporting evidence.

3.4.7.   Please confirm whether the beneficiary has submitted a statement in which it confirms that, at group level, it has not closed down the same or a similar activity in the EEA in the two years preceding the aid application and does not intend to close down the same or a similar activity elsewhere in the EEA in the two years after the completion of investment (paragraph 23 RAG).

If such a statement was provided, please annex a copy of it to the notification, otherwise, please explain why it was not provided.

3.4.8.   If the beneficiary at group level has closed down the same or a similar activity in another area in the EEA in the two years preceding the aid application, or intends to do so in the two years after the completion of investment, and has relocated that activity to the target area, or intends to do so, please explain why it considers that there is no causal link between the aid and the relocation (paragraph 122 RAG).

3.4.9.   Please explain whether the State aid would directly result in a substantial loss of jobs in existing locations within the EEA. If the State aid would result in a substantial loss of jobs in existing locations within the EEA, please indicate their number and the proportion compared to the total employment of the location(s) concerned.

4.   Other information

Please provide any other relevant information to assess the notified aid measure under the RAG:

PART III.1.B

Supplementary Information Sheet on regional investment aid schemes

This supplementary information sheet must be used for the notification of any investment aid schemes covered by the Guidelines on regional State aid 2014-2020  (55) (the “RAG”).

1.   Scope

1.1.   Reasons for notifying the scheme instead of putting it in place under the General Block Exemption Regulation (“GBER”) (56) or de minimis Regulation (57):

(a) ☐

The notification relates to a sectoral scheme. In that case please indicate the sector covered by the scheme (NACE code):

(b) ☐

The notification relates to a general scheme also covering the shipbuilding sector.

(c) ☐

Other. Please specify:

1.2.   Scope of the notified scheme

1.2.1.   I confirm that the legal basis for the notified scheme foresees an obligation to notify to the Commission individual aid to beneficiaries that have closed down the same or a similar activity (58) in the EEA during the two years preceding the date of applying for aid or at the moment of the aid application have the intention to close down such an activity within a period of two years after the investment to be subsidised is completed (paragraph 23 RAG).

Please provide the reference to the relevant provision of the legal basis:

1.2.2.   I confirm that the notified aid scheme provides that no regional investment aid will be granted to categories of companies and sectors listed below. In each case, please list the relevant provision in the legal basis of the scheme.

Excluded categories of companies and sectors

Relevant provision in the legal basis of the scheme

Undertakings in difficulty (59)

 

The steel sector (60)

 

Synthetic fibres sector (60)

 

Production of agricultural products listed in Annex I to the TFEU

 

Processing and/or marketing of agricultural products listed in Annex I to the TFEU (61) into products listed in that Annex I

 

Production, processing and/or marketing of fishery and aquaculture products listed in Annex I to the TFEU

 

The transport sector (62)

 

The energy sector

 

1.2.3.   If the scheme covers investment aid to broadband networks please specify whether each of the following conditions are complied with:

(a) ☐

aid is granted only to areas where there is no network of the same category (either basic broadband or new generation access networks) and where none is likely to be developed in the near future;

(b) ☐

the subsidised network operator offers active and passive wholesale access under fair and non-discriminatory conditions with the possibility of effective and full unbundling;

(c) ☐

aid should be allocated on the basis of a competitive selection process in accordance with paragraphs 78(c) and (d) of the Broadband guidelines (63);

Please provide the reference to the relevant provision of the legal basis:

1.2.4.   If the scheme covers aid to research infrastructures, is the aid made conditional on giving transparent and non-discriminatory access to this infrastructure?

(a) ☐

No

(b) ☐

Yes. Please provide the reference to the relevant provision of the legal basis:

2.   Initial investment, eligible costs and aid

2.1.   Types of initial investments covered by the scheme

2.1.1.   Where the scheme covers investments in “a” areas by SMEs or large enterprises (64) or investments by SME(s) in “c” areas (paragraph 34 RAG), please specify the category or categories of initial investment concerned by the notification (paragraph 20(h) RAG):

(a) ☐

the setting-up of a new establishment?

(b) ☐

the extension of the capacity of an existing establishment

(c) ☐

the diversification of the output of an establishment into products not previously produced in the establishment

(d) ☐

a fundamental change in the overall production process of an existing establishment

(e) ☐

an acquisition of assets directly linked to an establishment provided the establishment has closed or would have closed if it had not been purchased, and is bought by an investor unrelated to the seller (65)

2.1.2.   In case the scheme covers investments in “c” areas by large enterprises, please specify the category or categories of initial investment concerned by the notification (paragraph 15and paragraph 20(i) RAG):

(a) ☐

the setting-up of a new establishment

(b) ☐

the diversification of the activity of an establishment, under the condition that the new activity is not the same or a similar activity (66) to the activity previously performed in the establishment

(c) ☐

diversification of an existing establishment into new products

(d) ☐

new process innovation at an existing establishment

(e) ☐

the acquisition of the assets belonging to an establishment that has closed or would have closed if it had not been purchased, and is bought by an investor unrelated to the seller, under the condition that the new activity to be performed using the acquired assets is not the same or a similar activity to the activity performed in the establishment prior to the acquisition

2.1.3.   Please provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis where it is stipulated that the Commission will be notified of any individual aid to be granted under the legal basis of the scheme to large enterprises in “c” areas for (paragraphs 24 and 34 RAG):

(a)

diversification of an existing establishment into new products;

(b)

new process innovation at an existing establishment.

2.1.4.   Please provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis where it is stipulated that the Commission will be notified of any individual aid to be granted under the legal basis of the scheme that would lead to the notification threshold being exceeded (67) (paragraph 23 RAG).

2.2.   Eligible costs calculated on the basis of investment costs

2.2.1.   Where the eligible expenditure (paragraph 20(x) RAG) under the scheme relates to tangible assets, is the value of the investment established as a percentage on the basis of land, buildings and plant, machinery and equipment? (68):

(a) ☐

land

(b) ☐

buildings

(c) ☐

plant/machinery/equipment?

Please provide the reference to the relevant parts of the legal basis:

2.2.2.   Please provide a reference to the relevant provision of the legal basis which stipulate that the acquired assets should be new (69) (paragraph 94 RAG)

2.2.3.   Please provide a reference to the relevant provision in the legal basis which stipulate that in the case of SMEs not more than 50 % of the costs of preparatory studies or consultancy costs linked to the investment can be considered as eligible costs (paragraph 95 RAG).

2.2.4.   Please provide a reference to the relevant provision of the legal basis which stipulates that for aid awarded for a fundamental change in the production process, the eligible costs exceed the depreciation of the assets linked to the activity to be modernised in the course of the preceding three fiscal years (paragraph 96 RAG).

2.2.5.   Please provide a reference to the relevant provision of the legal basis which stipulates that for aid awarded for a diversification of an existing establishment, the eligible costs exceed by at least 200 % the book value of the assets that are reused, as registered in the fiscal year preceding the start of works (paragraph 97 RAG).

2.2.6.   In cases involving the lease of tangible assets, please provide a reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis which stipulate that the following conditions should be respected (paragraph 98 RAG):

for land and buildings, the lease must continue for at least five years after the expected date of completion of the investment for large companies, and three years for SMEs;

for plant or machinery, the lease must take the form of financial leasing and must contain an obligation for the beneficiary of the aid to purchase the asset at the expiry of the term of the lease.

2.2.7.   Paragraph 99 RAG provides that “In the case of acquisition of an establishment only the costs of buying the assets from third parties unrelated to the buyer should be taken into consideration. The transaction must take place under market conditions. Where aid has already been granted for the acquisition of assets prior to their purchase, the costs of those assets should be deducted from the eligible costs related to the acquisition of an establishment. If the acquisition of an establishment is accompanied by an additional investment eligible for aid, the eligible costs of this latter investment should be added to the costs of purchase of the assets of the establishment”.

If relevant for the notified scheme, please provide a reference to the provisions of the legal basis which stipulate that the conditions in this point should be respected.

2.2.8.   Where the eligible expenditure under the scheme relates to intangible assets (paragraph 20(j) RAG), is the value of the investment established on the basis of expenditure entailed by the transfer of technology through the acquisition of patent rights, licences, know-how or unpatented technical knowledge?

(a) ☐

patent rights

(b) ☐

licences

(c) ☐

know-how

(d) ☐

unpatented technical knowledge

Please provide the reference to the relevant parts of the legal basis:

2.2.9.   Please provide a reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis which stipulate that for large undertakings the expenditure on eligible intangible investment must not exceed 50 % of the total eligible investment costs of the project (paragraph 100 RAG).

2.2.10.   Please provide a reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis which stipulate that the conditions set out in paragraphs 101 and 102 RAG (70) should be respected.

2.3.   Eligible costs calculated on the basis of wage costs

Please provide a reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis where it is stipulated how the eligible costs calculated on the basis of wage costs should be established (paragraph 103 RAG), how the number of jobs created should be calculated with reference to paragraph 20(k) RAG and how the wage costs of the persons hired should be established with reference to paragraph 20(z) RAG.

2.4.   Calculation of discounted eligible costs

2.4.1.   Please indicate which forms of aid are allowed under the scheme:

(a) ☐

grants. Please provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis:

(b) ☐

soft loans. Please indicate how the grant equivalent will be calculated and provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis:

(c) ☐

guarantees. Please indicate how the grant equivalent will be calculated and provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis:

(d) ☐

tax measures. Please specify which type of measures and indicate how the grant equivalent will be calculated. Please also provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis:

(e) ☐

other. Please specify and indicate how the grant equivalent will be calculated. Please also provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis:

2.4.2.   Is the aid scheme eligible to be co-financed by the ESI Funds? If so, please mention under which operational programmes the ESI Funds finance might be obtained. Please also indicate the amount of ESI Funds finance that will be involved, if known at this stage.

2.4.3.   Please provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis which stipulate that the aid granting authority should establish before granting individual aid under the notified scheme whether the beneficiary (at group level) received aid for one (or more) initial investment(s) started in the same NUTS 3 region in a period of three years from the date of start of works on the investment project.

2.4.4.   Please provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis which stipulate that the total amount of aid that will be granted under the scheme to any initial investment project does not exceed the “maximum aid intensity” (as defined in paragraph 20(m) RAG), taking into account the increased aid intensity for SMEs (as determined in paragraph 177 RAG) or the “adjusted aid amount” (as defined in paragraph 20(c) RAG), where applicable.

2.4.5.   Please provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis which stipulate that where individual aid is awarded under several regional aid schemes or cumulated with ad hoc aid, the maximum permissible aid intensity that may be granted to the project will be calculated in advance by the first granting authority (paragraph 92 RAG)

2.4.6.   Where the aid scheme allows for aid to initial investment linked to European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) projects please provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis which stipulate (with reference to the provisions set out in paragraph 93 RAG) how the maximum aid intensity applicable to the project and the different beneficiaries involved will be established.

3.   Compatibility assessment of the aid scheme

3.1.   Contribution to regional objective and need for State intervention

Is the scheme part of an Operational Programme (71) (paragraph 32 RAG)?

Yes. Please provide the reference(s) to the Operational Programme(s) concerned:

No. Please explain how the scheme is consistent and contributes to the development strategy of the area concerned (paragraph 33 RAG):

3.1.1.   Please provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis containing the requirement to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment (“EIA”) for the investments concerned before granting aid to individual projects, when so required by law (paragraph 39 RAG).

3.1.2.   Please explain how the granting authorities will prioritise and select the investment projects according to the objectives of the scheme (for example, on the basis of a formal scoring approach) (paragraph 33 RAG). Please also provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis or other related administrative acts.

3.1.3.   Please explain how, when awarding aid to individual investment projects under the notified scheme, the aid granting authority will establish that the selected project(s) contributes towards the objective of the scheme and thus towards the development strategy of the area concerned (paragraph 35 RAG).

3.1.4.   Please explain how the provision requiring that any investment supported under the notified scheme will be maintained in the area concerned for at least five years (three years for SMEs) after its completion is implemented (paragraph 36 RAG). Please provide the reference to the relevant provisions in the legal basis.

3.1.5.   In cases where the aid granted under the notified scheme is calculated on the basis of wage costs, please explain the method of implementation of the provision requiring that jobs are created within three years of the investment completion and that each job created by the investment concerned is maintained within the area for a period of five years (three years for SMEs) from the date the post is first filled (paragraph 37 RAG). Please provide the reference to the relevant provision in the legal basis.

3.1.6.   Please provide a reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis where it is stipulated that recipients have to make a contribution of at least 25 % of the eligible costs, through their own resources or by external financing, in a form that is exempted of any public financial support (72) (paragraph 38 RAG).

3.1.7.   Please provide a reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis showing that the scheme should respect the ceilings of the regional aid map applicable at the time of awarding the aid (paragraph 81 RAG). Please also provide the reference to the Commission decision approving the regional aid map concerned.

3.2.   Appropriateness of the scheme

3.2.1.   If the scheme is not eligible under an Operational Programme, please explain why regional aid is an appropriate instrument to tackle the common objective of equity or cohesion (73) (paragraph 52 RAG):

3.2.2.   Where the scheme is sector-specific and is not eligible for co-financing by Structural Funds, please demonstrate the advantages of such an instrument compared to a multi-sectoral scheme or other policy options (paragraph 53 RAG):

3.2.3.   Will individual aid under the notified scheme be granted:

automatically, should the conditions of the scheme be fulfilled or

on a discretionary basis, following a decision of the authorities?

Please provide the reference to the relevant provision of the legal basis:

If aid is to be granted on a discretionary basis, please provide a short description of the criteria used and attach a copy of the internal administrative provisions of the granting authority applicable for the awarding of aid:

3.2.4.   If the aid under the scheme is granted in forms that provide a direct pecuniary advantage (74), please demonstrate why other potentially less distortive forms of aid such as repayable advances or forms of aid that are based on debt or equity instruments (75) are not appropriate (paragraph 57 RAG):

3.3.   Incentive effect and proportionality of the scheme

3.3.1.   Please provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis stipulating that any application for aid must be submitted before work is started on the investment project concerned (paragraph 64 RAG):

3.3.2.   Please provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis which stipulate that those applying for aid under the notified scheme will be obliged to submit a standard application form provided by the aid granting authority in which they must explain counterfactually what would happen if they do not receive the aid and indicate which of the scenarios (Scenario 1 — investment decision or Scenario 2 — location decision) applies (paragraph 66 and paragraph 61 RAG). If that application form differs from the example provided in Annex V to the RAG, please provide a copy of that application.

3.3.3.   Please provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis which stipulate that large enterprises who apply for aid under the notified scheme are required to provide documentary evidence in support of the counterfactual described. (paragraph 67 RAG). Please also explain what type of documents will be required.

3.3.4.   Please provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis which stipulate that when assessing individual aid applications the aid granting authority is obliged to carry out a credibility check of the counterfactual provided and to verify that regional aid has the required incentive effect corresponding to Scenario 1 or Scenario 2  (76) (paragraph 68 RAG).

3.3.5.   Please provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis which stipulate that individual aid granted to large enterprises under the notified scheme will be limited to the net extra costs of implementing the investment in the area concerned compared to the counterfactual in the absence of aid, using the method explained in paragraph 79 and paragraph 80 RAG (paragraph 88 RAG).

3.4.   Avoidance of undue negative effects on competition and trade

3.4.1.   Please explain how the distortions of competition and trade caused by the notified aid scheme will be limited to the minimum (paragraph 125 RAG) (77):

3.4.2.   Please provide references to the relevant provisions in the legal basis stipulating that when awarding aid under the scheme to individual projects, the granting authority must verify and confirm that without aid the investment would not have been located in a region with a regional aid intensity which is higher or the same as the target region (paragraph 126 RAG).

3.4.3.   Please provide references to the relevant provisions in the legal basis which stipulate that when awarding aid under the scheme to individual projects, the granting authority must notify individual aid grants in cases where the beneficiary has closed down the same or a similar activity in another area in the EEA in the two years preceding the date of applying for aid or at the moment of the aid application has the intention to close down such an activity within a period of two years after the investment to be subsidised is completed (paragraph 122 RAG).

4.   Other information

Please provide any other information that is of relevance to assess the notified aid measure under the RAG:

PART III.1.C

Supplementary Information Sheet on regional operating aid schemes

This supplementary information sheet must be used for the notification of any operating aid schemes covered by the Guidelines on regional State aid 2014-2020  (78) (the “RAG”).

1.   Scope

(a)

Please specify what kind of operating aid will be granted:

(i.) ☐

Operating aid to reduce certain specific difficulties faced by SMEs in “a” areas

(ii.) ☐

Operating aid to compensate additional costs in the outermost regions

(iii.) ☐

Operating aid to reduce depopulation in very sparsely populated areas

(iv.) ☐

Other. Please specify:

(b)

Does the notified aid scheme provide that no operating aid will be granted to the following categories of companies and sectors? In each case, please list the relevant provision in the legal basis of the scheme.

Excluded categories of companies and sectors

Undertakings in difficulty (79)

Relevant provision in the legal basis of the scheme

The steel sector (80)

☐ Yes

 

Synthetic fibres sector (80)

☐ Yes

 

Production of agricultural products listed in Annex I to the TFEU

☐ Yes

 

Processing and/or marketing of agricultural products listed in Annex I to the TFEU (81) into products listed in that Annex I

☐ Yes

 

Production, processing and/or marketing of fishery and aquaculture products listed in Annex I to the TFEU

☐ Yes

 

The transport sector

☐ Yes

 

The energy sector

☐ Yes

 

Section K “Financial and insurance activities” of the NACE Rev.2 statistical classification of economic activities

☐ Yes

 

NACE 70.10 “Activities of head offices” and NACE 70.22 “Business and other management consultancy activities”

☐ Yes

 

2.   Basic elements of the scheme

2.1.   Please provide a description of the main elements of the scheme and its objectives:

2.2.   Please indicate which forms of aid are allowed under the scheme:

(a) ☐

Grants. Please provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis:

(b) ☐

Soft loans. Please indicate how the grant equivalent will be calculated and provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis:

(c) ☐

Guarantees. Please indicate how the grant equivalent will be calculated and provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis:

(d) ☐

Tax measures. Please specify which ones and indicate how the grant equivalent will be calculated. Please also provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis:

(e) ☐

Other. Please specify and indicate how the grant equivalent will be calculated. Please also provide the reference to the relevant provisions of the legal basis:

2.3.   The individual aid under the notified scheme will be granted:

(a) ☐

automatically, should the conditions of the scheme be fulfilled

(b) ☐

on a discretionary basis, following a decision of the authorities.

Should the aid be granted on a case by case basis, please provide a short description of the criteria that will be applied. If administrative guidance for the assessment of the aid application exists, please attach a copy:

2.4.   Will the aid scheme be co-financed by the ESI Funds? If so, please explain under which operational programmes ESI Funds finance will be obtained. Please also indicate the amount of ESI Funds finance that will be involved.

3.   Compatibility of the aid

3.1.   Contribution to regional objective and incentive effect:

For aid to reduce certain specific difficulties faced by SMEs  (82) in “a” areas

3.1.1.   Please list the specific difficulties faced by SMEs in the region concerned to be addressed by the scheme (paragraph 43 RAG) and demonstrate the existence and importance of those difficulties (paragraph 44 RAG).

3.1.2.   Please explain why the difficulties listed in point 3.1.1 cannot be overcome by investment aid and thus the notified operating aid scheme is needed (paragraph 44 RAG):

For aid to compensate certain additional costs in the outermost regions

3.1.3.   Please identify the specific additional costs (83) that will be compensated under the scheme and demonstrate how those costs are related to the permanent handicaps set out in Article 349 TFEU (paragraph 45 RAG):

For aid to reduce depopulation in very sparsely populated areas

3.1.4.   Please demonstrate the risk of depopulation of the relevant area in the absence of operating aid (paragraph 46 RAG):

3.2.   Appropriateness of the scheme

Please indicate why the aid proposed is considered appropriate to achieve the objective of the scheme. Please explain in particular why other less distortive policy instruments and other less distortive types of aid instrument are not appropriate to achieve the same positive contribution to regional development (paragraphs 50, 56, 57 and 58 RAG):

3.3.   Proportionality of the scheme

For all types of operating aid

3.3.1.   Please determine the eligible costs that are fully attributable to the problems the aid is intended to address (paragraph 109 RAG):

3.3.2.   Please confirm that depreciation charges and the costs of financing included in the eligible costs relevant to regional investment aid will not be included in the eligible costs for operating aid (paragraph 109 RAG), and provide the reference to the relevant provision of the legal basis:

3.3.3.   Please describe the compensation model (paragraph 56 RAG) that will be adopted and how that model will allow an appropriate calculation of the aid amount, ensuring that there is no overcompensation, as defined in paragraph 109 RAG:

3.3.4.   Please indicate whether operating aid is also granted through other operating aid schemes in the region, by mentioning the relevant State aid reference of those schemes.

3.3.5.   In case other operating aid schemes are applicable in the same region, please explain how it is ensured that operating aid granted under different operating aid schemes does not lead to overcompensation:

For operating aid in outermost regions only

3.3.6.   Please demonstrate that the additional costs to be compensated under the notified scheme will be quantified in relation to the level of costs incurred by similar undertakings established in other regions of the Member State concerned (paragraph 110 RAG):

For operating aid to reduce certain specific difficulties faced by SMEs in certain “a” areas only

3.3.7.   Please explain how the level of aid will be progressively reduced over the duration of the scheme (paragraph 111 RAG) and provide the reference to the relevant provision of the legal basis:

3.4.   Avoidance of undue negative effects on competition and trade

Please explain why it is unlikely that the aid granted under the scheme will create very significant distortions of competition in the market (paragraph 140 RAG):

4.   Other information

Please provide any other information that is of relevance to assess the notified aid measure under the RAG:

PART III.2

Supplementary information sheet for research and development and innovation aid

This supplementary information sheet must be used for the notification of any aid measures (aid schemes and individual aid) covered by the Framework for state aid for research and development and innovation (“the R & D&I Framework”)  (84).

In case there are several beneficiaries involved in an individual aid measure, the relevant information must be provided for each of them.

1.   Characteristics of the notified aid measure

1.1.   Aid schemes

A)

Reasons for notifying the scheme:

(a) ☐

the scheme includes aid that is not transparent in the sense of Article 5 of the General Block Exemption Regulation (“GBER”) (85);

(b) ☐

other reasons.

Please specify:

B)

Sectoral scope of the notified scheme:

C)

Please tick the box below to confirm that any aid awarded under the notified scheme will be notified individually if it exceeds the thresholds laid down in Article 4 of the GBER:

1.2.   Individual aid

A)

In case the aid is based on an approved scheme, please provide information concerning that scheme, including its publication reference (internet address) and state aid registration number:

B)

If applicable, please provide the exchange rate which has been used for the purposes of the notification:

1.3.   General information

A)

Please specify the type of aid:

(a) ☐

aid for R & D projects;

(b) ☐

aid for feasibility studies;

(c) ☐

aid for the construction and upgrade of research infrastructures;

(d) ☐

innovation aid for SMEs;

(e) ☐

aid for process and organisational innovation;

(f) ☐

aid for innovation clusters.

B)

Does the notified measure involve Union funding centrally managed by the institutions, agencies, joint undertakings or other bodies of the Union that is not directly or indirectly under the control of Member States?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please specify:

C)

Does the notified measure involve undertakings in difficulty, as defined by the Guidelines on State aid for rescuing and restructuring non-financial undertakings in difficulty (86)?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please specify:

D)

Does the notified measure involve undertakings that are subject to an outstanding recovery order following a previous decision declaring aid illegal and incompatible with the internal market?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please specify and indicate the amounts still to be recovered:

E)

Does the notified measure involve research and knowledge dissemination organisations (“research organisations”) or research infrastructures, as defined in points 15(ee) and (ff) of the R & D&I Framework?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please specify:

F)

Does the notified measure involve public procurement of research and development services?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please specify:

G)

Can the aid awarded under the notified measure be combined with other aid?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please specify:

H)

If applicable, please tick the box below to confirm that the beneficiaries comply with the SME definition as laid down in Annex I to the GBER and, for individual aid, provide relevant information and evidence:

2.   Research organisations and research infrastructures

A)

Do research organisations or research infrastructures concerned by the notified aid measure carry out any economic activity consisting of offering goods or services on a given market?

☐ yes

☐ no

Please provide details:

B)

If the same entity carries out activities of both an economic and a non-economic nature, can the two kinds of activities and their costs, funding and revenues be clearly separated?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please specify:

C)

If the same entity carries out activities of both an economic and a non-economic nature, is the amount of public funding allocated to it for a specific accounting period limited to the costs of non-economic activities incurred in the same period?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please specify:

D)

If the same entity carries out activities of both an economic and a non-economic nature, does the economic use remain purely ancillary, that is to say does it correspond to an activity which is directly related to and necessary for the operation of the research organisation or research infrastructure or intrinsically linked to its main non-economic use, and which is limited in scope?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please specify and indicate the proportion of the overall capacity that is used or estimated to be used for such economic activities each year:

E)

If public funding is provided for non-ancillary economic activities of research organisations or research infrastructures, can it be shown that both the public funding and any advantage acquired through it are fully passed on to the final recipients, for example through reduced prices, and that no further advantage is awarded to the intermediary?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please specify:

3.   Indirect state aid to undertakings through research organisations and research infrastructures

3.1.   Research on behalf of undertakings

A)

Do research organisations or research infrastructures concerned by the notified aid measure perform contract research or provide research services to undertakings?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please specify:

B)

If research organisations or research infrastructures perform contract research or provide research services to undertakings, do they provide such services at market price?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please specify:

C)

If research organisations or research infrastructures perform contract research or provide research services to undertakings and there is no market price, do they provide such services at a price which reflects the full costs of the services and generally includes a margin established by reference to those commonly applied by undertakings active in the sector concerned, or is the result of arm's length negotiations where research organisations or research infrastructures negotiate in order to obtain the maximum economic benefit at the moment when the contract is concluded and cover at least their marginal costs?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please specify:

3.2.   Collaboration with undertakings

A)

Do research organisations or research infrastructures concerned by the notified aid measure effectively collaborate with undertakings with a view to jointly carrying out specific projects?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please specify:

B)

If research organisations or research infrastructures effectively collaborate with undertakings, please indicate whether any of the following conditions are fulfilled:

(a)

the participating undertakings bear the full cost of the projects

☐ yes

☐ no

(b)

the results of the collaboration which do not give rise to intellectual property rights (IPR) may be widely disseminated and any IPR resulting from the activities of research organisations or research infrastructures are fully allocated to them

☐ yes

☐ no

(c)

any IPR resulting from the project, as well as related access rights are allocated to the different collaboration partners in a manner which adequately reflects their work packages, contributions and respective interests

☐ yes

☐ no

If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, please provide details:

C)

If research organisations or research infrastructures effectively collaborate with undertakings and none of the answers to question (B) is yes, please indicate whether any of the following conditions are fulfilled:

(a)

the research organisations or research infrastructures receive a compensation the amount of which has been established by means of an open, transparent and non-discriminatory competitive sale procedure:

☐ yes

☐ no

(b)

the research organisations or research infrastructures receive a compensation the amount of which is confirmed to be at least equal to the market price by an independent expert valuation:

☐ yes

☐ no

(c)

the research organisations or research infrastructures can demonstrate that they effectively negotiated the compensation, at arm's length, in order to obtain the maximum economic benefit at the moment when the contract is concluded:

☐ yes

☐ no

(d)

in cases where the collaboration agreement provides the collaborating undertakings with a right of first refusal as regards IPR generated by research organisations or research infrastructures, the latter exercise a reciprocal right to solicit more economically advantageous offers from third parties so that the collaborating undertakings will have to match their offer accordingly:

☐ yes

☐ no

If the answer to any of the questions in this section is yes, please provide details:

4.   Public procurement of research and development services

A)

If the notified measure involves public procurement of research and development services from undertakings, are the providers selected by means of an open tender procedure carried out in accordance with the applicable directives (87)?

☐ yes

☐ no

If yes, please specify:

B)

In all other cases where the notified measure involves public procurement of research and development services from undertakings, including pre-commercial procurement, please indicate whether the following conditions are fulfilled:

(a)

the selection procedure is open, transparent and non-discriminatory, and based on objective selection and award criteria specified in advance of the bidding procedure

☐ yes

☐ no

If no, please provide details indicating whether a competitive, transparent and non-discriminatory procedure in line with the applicable directives was followed (for instance, competitive procedure with negotiations, innovation partnership, or competitive dialogue):

(b)

the envisaged contractual arrangements describing all rights and obligations of the parties, including with regard to IPR, are made available to all interested bidders prior to the bidding procedure:

☐ yes

☐ no

Please provide details:

(c)

the procurement does not give any of the participant providers any preferential treatment in the supply of commercial volumes of the final products or services to a public purchaser in the Member State concerned (88), and one of the following conditions is met:

all results which do not give rise to IPR may be widely disseminated in a way that allows other undertakings to reproduce them, and any IPR are fully allocated to the public purchaser

any service provider to which results giving rise to IPR are allocated is required to grant the public purchaser unlimited access to those results free of charge, and to grant access to third parties under market conditions.

☐ yes

☐ no

Please provide details:

5.   Description of the notified aid measure

5.1.   Aid for R & D projects

A)

Please indicate which R & D stages are supported under the notified measure:

(a) ☐

fundamental research;

(b) ☐

industrial research;

(c) ☐

experimental development.

B)

For individual aid, if the project encompasses different research categories, please list and qualify the different tasks as falling under the categories of fundamental research, industrial research or experimental development:

C)

Please specify the eligible costs and, for individual aid, indicate their amount:

 

Fundamental research

Industrial research

Experimental development

Personnel costs

 

 

 

Costs of instruments and equipment

 

 

 

Costs of buildings and land

 

 

 

Cost of contractual research, knowledge and patents bought or licensed from outside sources in arm's length transactions

 

 

 

Additional overheads incurred directly as a result of the project

 

 

 

Other operating expenses

 

 

 

D)

Please specify the applicable maximum aid intensities:

 

Small enterprise

Medium-sized enterprise

Large enterprise

Fundamental research

Industrial research

subject to effective collaboration between undertakings (for large enterprises cross-border or with at least one SME) or between an undertaking and a research organisation; or

subject to wide dissemination of results

 

 

 

Experimental development

subject to effective collaboration between undertakings (for large enterprises cross-border or with at least one SME) or between an undertaking and a research organisation; or

subject to wide dissemination of results

 

 

 

5.2.   Aid for feasibility studies

A)

Please specify the eligible costs and, for individual aid, indicate their amount:

B)

Please specify the applicable maximum aid intensities, including any increases for SMEs (“SME bonuses”):

5.3.   Aid for the construction and upgrade of research infrastructures

A)

Please specify the eligible costs and, for individual aid, indicate their amount:

B)

Please specify the applicable maximum aid intensity:

C)

If the research infrastructures pursue both economic and non-economic activities, please tick the box below to confirm that the financing costs and revenues of each type of activity are accounted for separately on the basis of consistently applied and objectively justifiable cost accounting principles:

For individual aid, please provide relevant information and evidence:

D)

If the research infrastructures receive public funding for both economic and non-economic activities, please tick the box below to confirm that a monitoring and claw-back mechanism is in place in order to ensure that the applicable maximum aid intensity is not exceeded:

Please provide relevant information and evidence:

E)

Does the price charged for the operation or use of the research infrastructures correspond to a market price?

☐ yes

☐ no

Please specify:

F)

Is access to the research infrastructures open to several users on a transparent and non-discriminatory basis?

☐ yes

☐ no

In case preferential access is granted to some undertakings, please provide details and indicate the share of the investment costs borne by those undertakings:

5.4.   Innovation aid for SMEs

A)

Please indicate which activities are supported under the notified measure:

(a) ☐

obtaining, validating and defending patents and other intangible assets;

(b) ☐

secondment of highly qualified personnel;

(c) ☐

acquiring innovation advisory and support services.

B)

Please specify the eligible costs and, for individual aid, indicate their amount:

C)

Please specify the applicable maximum aid intensities:

5.5.   Aid for process and organisational innovation

A)

Please indicate which activities are supported under the notified measure:

process innovation;

organisational innovation.

B)

Please specify the eligible costs and, for individual aid, indicate their amount:

Personnel costs

 

Costs of instruments and equipment (to the extent and for the period used for the project)

 

Costs of buildings and land (to the extent and for the period used for the project)

 

Cost of contractual research, knowledge and patents bought or licensed from outside sources in arm's length transactions

 

Additional overheads and other operating costs incurred directly as a result of the research project

 

C)

Please specify the applicable maximum aid intensities:

D)

Where aid is awarded to large enterprises, please tick the box below to confirm that they effectively collaborate with SMEs in the aided activity and the collaborating SMEs incur at least 30 % of the total eligible costs:

For individual aid, please provide relevant information and evidence:

5.6.   Aid for innovation clusters

A)

Please tick the box below to confirm that the aid is awarded exclusively to the legal entity operating the innovation cluster:

For individual aid, please provide details:

B)

Do the fees charged for using the clusters' facilities and participating in the clusters' activities correspond to the market price or reflect their costs?

☐ yes

☐ no

Please specify:

C)

Is access to the clusters' premises, facilities and activities open to several users on a transparent and non-discriminatory basis?

☐ yes

☐ no

In case preferential access is granted to some undertakings, please provide details and indicate the share of the investment costs borne by those undertakings:

D)

For individual aid, please provide information on the planned or expected specialisation of the innovation cluster, existing regional potential and presence of clusters in the Union with similar purposes:

5.6.1.   Investment aid

A)

Please specify the eligible costs and, for individual aid, indicate their amount:

B)

Please specify the applicable maximum aid intensities, including any increases (“bonuses”) for clusters located in assisted regions fulfilling the conditions of Articles 107(3)(a) or 107(3)(c) TFEU:

5.6.2.   Operating aid

A)

Please indicate which activities are supported under the notified measure:

(a) ☐

animation of the cluster;

(b) ☐

marketing of the cluster;

(c) ☐

management of the cluster's facilities;

(d) ☐

organisation of training programmes, workshops and conferences.

B)

Please specify the eligible costs and, for individual aid, indicate their amount:

C)

Please specify the applicable maximum aid intensity and duration of the aid:

6.   Compatibility assessment of the notified aid measure

For individual aid, please provide a comprehensive description of the aided project or activity:

6.1.   Contribution to a well-defined objective of common interest

A)

Please define precisely the objective pursued and explain how the notified measure intends to promote R & D&I activities in the Union:

B)

In case of an aid scheme, is it part of a comprehensive programme or action plan to stimulate R & D&I activities or smart specialisation strategies?

☐ yes

☐ no

Please specify, where relevant including reference to evaluations of similar past aid measures:

Individual aid

A)

Will the project size be increased due to the notified measure?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please specify the type of increase and provide relevant evidence:

(a) ☐

increase in the total project costs (without a decrease in spending by the aid beneficiary when compared to the situation without aid);

(b) ☐

increase in the number of people assigned to R & D&I activities;

(c) ☐

other type of increase.

B)

Will the project scope be increased due to the notified measure?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please specify the type of increase and provide relevant evidence:

(a) ☐

increase in the number of the expected deliverables of the project;

(b) ☐

increase in the level of ambition of the project evidenced by a higher number of partners involved, a higher probability of a scientific or technological break-through or a higher risk of failure (notably linked to the long-term nature of the project and uncertainty about its results);

(c) ☐

other type of increase.

C)

Will the project speed be increased due to the notified measure?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please provide relevant evidence:

D)

Will the total amount spent be increased due to the notified measure?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please specify the type of increase and provide relevant evidence:

(a) ☐

increase in total R & D&I spending by the aid beneficiary, in absolute terms or as a proportion of turnover;

(b) ☐

changes in the committed budget for the project (without a corresponding decrease in the budget allocated to other projects);

(c) ☐

other type of increase.

E)

Will the notified measure be subject to a publicly available ex post evaluation of its contribution to the common interest?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please specify:

6.2.   Need for State intervention

A)

Please identify the market failures hampering R & D&I activities in the present case and justifying the need for state aid and provide relevant evidence:

(a) ☐

positive externalities/knowledge spillovers;

(b) ☐

imperfect and asymmetric information;

(c) ☐

coordination and network failures.

B)

Please explain how the notified measure can effectively mitigate the market failures associated with reaching the objective of common interest without aid

6.2.1.   Individual aid

A)

Please explain whether the aid addresses a general market failure regarding R & D&I activities in the Union, or a specific market failure regarding, for example, a particular sector or line of business:

B)

If available, please provide any sectoral comparisons and other studies that can substantiate the analysis of the alleged market failures:

C)

If available, please provide any information regarding R & D&I projects or activities undertaken within the Union which, with respect to their technological content, level of risk and size, are similar to those concerned by the notified measure and explain why the aid is needed in the case concerned:

6.3.   Appropriateness of the aid measure

A)

Please explain how the advantages of using a selective policy instrument such as state aid in order to increase R & D&I activities have been established, and provide any related impact assessment and supporting documents:

B)

If aid is awarded in forms that provide a direct pecuniary advantage (such as direct grants, exemptions or reductions in taxes or other compulsory charges, or the supply of land, products or services at favourable prices), please provide an analysis of other options and explain why or how other forms of aid are less appropriate to address the identified market failures:

6.4.   Incentive effect

A)

Please tick the box below to confirm that when awarding the aid under the notified measure, it will be ensured that work on the relevant R & D&I activities has not started before the aid application by the beneficiary to the national authorities (89) and, for individual aid, specify the relevant dates:

B)

Please tick the box below to confirm that the aid applications include at least the applicant's name and size of the undertaking, a description of the project, including its location and start and end dates, the amount of public support needed to carry it out, and a list of eligible costs:

C)

If the aid is awarded in the form of a fiscal measure, please provide details and, for non-incremental measures, any evaluation studies establishing its incentive effect:

6.4.1.   Individual aid

A)

Please provide a description, by means of counterfactual analysis, of the behaviour of the beneficiary in the absence of aid and specify the intended change:

B)

Please specify the elements that are relevant for the notified measure and provide supporting evidence, such as board documents, risk assessments, financial reports, internal business plans, expert opinions and other studies related to the project under assessment:

(a) ☐

level of profitability;

(b) ☐

amount of investment and the timeframe of cash flows;

(c) ☐

level of risk involved.

C)

If available, please provide industry-specific data demonstrating that the beneficiary's counterfactual scenario, its required level of profitability and its expected cash-flows are reasonable:

6.5.   Proportionality of the aid

A)

If the aid is awarded in the form of a repayable advance expressed as gross grant equivalent, please provide details on the methodology applied in order to calculate such gross grant equivalent, including underlying verifiable data or, for individual aid, specify on the basis of which approved aid scheme the aid is awarded:

If the aid is awarded in the form of a repayable advance expressed as a percentage of the eligible costs and exceeds, by up to 10 percentage points, the maximum aid intensities laid down in the R & D&I Framework, please confirm that:

(a) ☐

in the case of a successful outcome, the notified measure provides that the advance is to be repaid with an interest rate not less than the discount rate resulting from the application of the Communication from the Commission on the revision of the method for setting the reference and discount rates (90);

(b) ☐

in the case of a success exceeding the outcome defined as successful, the Member State concerned requests payments beyond repayment of the advance amount including interest according to the applicable discount rate;

(c) ☐

in the case of failure or partial success, the repayment is proportional to the degree of success achieved.

Please provide details on the repayment of the advance and clearly define what is considered as a successful outcome of the aided activities, on the basis of a reasonable and prudent hypothesis:

B)

If the aid is awarded in the form of a fiscal measure, please specify how the aid intensities are calculated and provide any relevant details:

on the basis of individual projects;

at the level of the undertaking, as the ratio between the overall tax relief and the sum of all eligible R & D&I costs incurred in a period not exceeding three consecutive fiscal years.

6.5.1.   Individual aid

A)

Please provide a comprehensive business plan for the aided project (with and without aid), including all relevant expected costs and benefits:

If the aid beneficiary faces a clear choice between carrying out either the aided project or an alternative one without aid, please provide also a comprehensive business plan for the counterfactual project:

B)

In the absence of an alternative project, please explain why the aid is limited to the minimum necessary for the aided project to be sufficiently profitable, for example by making it possible to achieve an internal rate of return (“IRR”) corresponding to the sector or firm specific benchmark or hurdle rate:

C)

If the aid beneficiary faces a clear choice between carrying out either the aided project or an alternative one without aid, please explain why the aid is limited to the minimum necessary to cover the net extra costs of the aided project compared to the counterfactual project, if relevant by taking account of the probabilities of different business scenarios occurring:

Please provide any supporting documents, such as internal company documents, showing that the counterfactual project is a clearly defined and sufficiently predictable alternative project that has been considered by the beneficiary in its internal decision making:

D)

Please explain how the aid amount has been established and provide any supporting documents:

E)

If there were multiple potential candidates for carrying out the aided activity, is the aid awarded on the basis of transparent, objective and non-discriminatory criteria?

☐ yes

☐ no

Please provide details:

F)

If the aid is meant to address actual or potential direct or indirect distortions of international trade, please provide any available evidence indicating that, directly or indirectly, competitors located outside the Union have received (normally in the last three years) or are going to receive aid of an equivalent intensity for similar projects:

If available, please provide also sufficient information to assess the need to take account of the competitive advantage enjoyed by a third country competitor:

6.6.   Avoidance of undue negative effects on competition and trade

Please indicate whether:

a)

the award of aid is subject to the obligation for the beneficiary to have its central seat, or be predominantly established in the relevant Member State:

☐ yes

☐ no

b)

the award of aid is subject to the obligation for the beneficiary to use national products or services:

☐ yes

☐ no

c)

the aid measure restricts the possibility for the beneficiary to exploit the R & D&I results in other Member States:

☐ yes

☐ no

d)

the aid measure imposes any other obligation on the beneficiary:

☐ yes

☐ no

If the answer to any of the questions in this section is yes, please provide details:

6.6.1.   Aid scheme

For aid schemes, please indicate how it will be ensured that any negative effects will be limited to the minimum (taking account, for example, of the size of the projects concerned, the individual and cumulative aid amounts, the number of expected beneficiaries and the characteristics of the targeted sectors) and provide any impact assessment or ex-post evaluations carried out for similar predecessor schemes:

6.6.2.   Individual aid

A)

If applicable, please describe the likely impact of the aid on competition in the innovation process:

B)

Please identify the product markets on which the aid is likely to have an impact and provide the current market share of the beneficiary in each of the markets concerned, as well as any changes in those market shares that would result from the aided activities:

C)

For each of the product markets concerned, please identify the main competitors of the aid beneficiary and provide their market shares:

If available, please provide the associated Herfindahl-Hirschman Index (“HHI”):

D)

For each of the product markets concerned, please provide information on the customers or consumers affected by the aided activities:

E)

Please describe the structure and dynamics of the relevant markets with regard to the following aspects:

(a)

recent developments and future growth prospects:

(b)

amount spent by the main players on projects of a similar kind:

(c)

levels of entry and exit barriers:

(d)

existence of countervailing buyer power:

(e)

incentives to compete for future markets:

(f)

product differentiation and intensity of competition:

(g)

other features likely to affect competitors, customers or consumers:

F)

Has the aid beneficiary any influence in the selection process, for example by having the right to recommend undertakings or influencing the research path?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please provide details:

G)

Is the aid awarded in markets featuring overcapacity or in declining industries?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please provide details:

H)

Has the beneficiary considered any alternative locations for the aided activities?

☐ yes

☐ no

Please provide details:

7.   Other information

Please provide any other information that would be of relevance to assess the notified aid measure under the R & D&I Framework:

PART III.3.A

Supplementary information sheet on aid for rescuing non-financial undertakings in difficulty: individual aid

This supplementary information sheet must be filled in for the notification of individual rescue aid covered by the Guidelines on State aid for rescuing and restructuring non-financial undertakings in difficulty  (91) (“Guidelines”).

1.   Eligibility

1.1.   Undertaking in difficulty

A)

Is the undertaking a limited liability company (92), where more than half of its subscribed share capital has disappeared as a result of accumulated losses (93)?

☐ yes

☐ no

B)

Is the undertaking a company where at least some members have unlimited liability for the debt of the company (94), and where more than half of its capital as shown in the company accounts has disappeared as a result of accumulated losses?

☐ yes

☐ no

C)

Is the undertaking subject to collective insolvency proceedings or does it fulfil the criteria under its domestic law for being placed in collective insolvency proceedings at the request of its creditors?

☐ yes

☐ no

D)

In the case of an undertaking that is not an SME:

has the undertaking's book debt to equity ratio been greater than 7,5 for the past two years

and

has the undertaking's EBITDA interest coverage ratio been below 1,0 for the past two years?

☐ yes

☐ no

E)

If you have answered yes to any of the questions in sections A to D, please substantiate the answer, including references in the answer to the supporting evidence or documents provided in annex (latest profit and loss account statements with balance sheets, or court decision opening collective insolvency proceedings on the company or evidence that the criteria for being placed under insolvency proceedings at the request of creditors under national company law are met, etc.).

1.2.   An undertaking facing acute liquidity needs:

If you consider that the beneficiary is eligible for rescue aid even though it does not qualify as an undertaking in difficulty, please explain why you consider that it faces acute liquidity needs due to exceptional and unforeseen circumstances and include reference to the supporting evidence or documents (e.g. cash flow projections).

1.3.   Newly created undertaking/larger business group:

A)

When was the undertaking created?

B)

Since when has the undertaking been operating?

C)

Does the company belong to a larger business group?

☐ yes

☐ no

D)

If the answer to point C is “yes”, please submit full details about the group (organisation chart, showing the links between the group's members with details on capital and voting rights) and demonstrate that the company's difficulties are intrinsic and are not the result of an arbitrary allocation of costs within the group, and that the difficulties are too serious to be dealt with by the group itself.

1.4.   Sectoral scope:

Is the undertaking active in:

A)

the coal sector (95):

☐ yes

☐ no

B)

the steel sector (96):

☐ yes

☐ no

C)

sectors covered by specific rules for financial institutions (97):

☐ yes

☐ no

2.   Compatibility with the internal market

2.1.   Contribution to an objective of common interest:

A)

Is the beneficiary located in a region or regions (at NUTS level 2) where the unemployment rate is one of the following:

higher than the Union average, persistent and accompanied by difficulty in creating new employment in the region or regions concerned

higher than the national average, persistent and accompanied by difficulty in creating new employment in the region(s) concerned?

☐ yes

☐ no

B)

Is there a risk of disruption to an important service which is hard to replicate and where would it be difficult for any competitor simply to step in (for example, a national infrastructure provider)?

☐ yes

☐ no

C)

Does the undertaking have any important systemic role in a particular region or sector? Would its exit have any potential negative consequences (for example as a supplier of an important input)?

☐ yes

☐ no

D)

Is there a risk of interruption to the continuity of provision of an SGEI?

☐ yes

☐ no

E)

Would the failure or adverse incentives of credit markets push an otherwise viable undertaking into bankruptcy?

☐ yes

☐ no

F)

Would the exit from the market of the undertaking concerned lead to an irremediable loss of important technical knowledge or expertise?

☐ yes

☐ no

G)

Would the failure of the beneficiary involve any similar situation of severe hardship not listed above?

☐ yes

☐ no

H)

If you have answered yes to any of the questions in points A to G, please fully substantiate the answer(s), including reference to the further supporting evidence or documents provided in annex.

2.2.   Appropriateness/Form of aid

A)

Is the aid in the form of loan guarantees or loans?

☐ yes

☐ no

B)

If you have answered yes, please describe the terms of the loan or the guarantee and attach the relevant documents (e.g. draft loan agreement, draft guarantee).

C)

Is the interest rate of the loan (or, where relevant, the total financial cost of the guaranteed loan, including the interest rate of the loan and the guarantee premium) set at a rate not lower than the reference rate set out by the Commission in its Reference Rate Communication (98) for weak undertakings offering normal levels of collateralisation?

☐ yes

☐ no

D)

Please explain the use to which the rescue aid will be put: will the rescue aid be used to finance structural measures, such as acquisition of significant businesses or assets other than those required during the rescue period for the survival of the beneficiary?

☐ yes

☐ no

E)

If so, please explain.

F)

Will the loan be reimbursed or will the loan guarantee come to an end within a period of not more than six months after disbursement of the first instalment to the beneficiary?

☐ yes

☐ no

G)

Do you undertake, not later than six months after the rescue aid measure has been authorised to communicate to the Commission, one of the following:

proof that the loan has been reimbursed in full and/or that the guarantee has been terminated;

a restructuring plan;

a liquidation plan setting out in a substantiated way the steps leading to the liquidation of the beneficiary within a reasonable time frame without further aid?

☐ yes

☐ no

2.3.   Proportionality of the aid/aid limited to the minimum

Is the amount of the rescue aid determined in accordance with the formula set out in Annex I to the Guidelines?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please provide the calculation of the amount of the rescue aid in accordance with the formula.

If the amount of the rescue aid exceeds the result of calculations on the basis of the formula set out in Annex I to the Guidelines, please provide a duly justified liquidity plan setting out the beneficiary's liquidity needs for the coming six months.

2.4.   Negative effects — “One time, last time” principle

Has the undertaking (or the group to which it belongs) already received in the past any rescue aid, restructuring aid or temporary restructuring support (99) and/or any non-notified aid?

☐ yes

☐ no

If so, please provide full details (date, amount, reference to previous Commission decision if applicable, etc.) (100).

3.   Other information

Please indicate here any other information you consider relevant for the assessment of the measure(s) concerned under the Guidelines:

PART III.3.B

Supplementary information sheet on aid for restructuring non-financial undertakings in difficulty: individual aid

This supplementary information sheet must be filled in for the notification of individual restructuring aid covered by the Guidelines on State aid for rescuing and restructuring non-financial undertakings in difficulty  (101) (“Guidelines”).

1.   Eligibility

1.1.   Undertaking in difficulty

A)

Is the undertaking a limited liability company (102), where more than half of its subscribed share capital has disappeared as a result of accumulated losses (103)?

☐ yes

☐ no

B)

Is the undertaking a company where at least some members have unlimited liability for the debt of the company (104), and where more than half of its capital listed in the company accounts has disappeared as a result of accumulated losses?

☐ yes

☐ no

C)

Is the undertaking subject to collective insolvency proceedings or does it fulfil the criteria under domestic law for being placed in collective insolvency proceedings at the request of its creditors?

☐ yes

☐ no

D)

In the case of an undertaking that is not an SME:

has the undertaking's book debt to equity ratio been greater than 7,5 for the past two years

and

has the undertaking's EBITDA interest coverage ratio been below 1,0 for the past two years?

☐ yes

☐ no

E)

If you have answered yes to any of the questions in points A to D, please substantiate the answer, including references in the answer to the supporting evidence or documents provided in annex (latest profit and loss account statements with balance sheets, or court decision opening collective insolvency proceedings on the company or evidence that the criteria for being placed under insolvency proceedings at the request of creditors under national company law are met, etc.).

1.2.   Newly created undertaking or larger business group

A)

When was the undertaking created?…

B)

Since when has the undertaking been operating?…

C)

Does the company belong to a larger business group?

☐ yes

☐ no

D)

If yes, please submit full details about the group (organisation chart, showing the links between the group's members with details on capital and voting rights) and evidence that the company's difficulties are intrinsic and are not the result of an arbitrary allocation of costs within the group, and that the difficulties are too serious to be dealt with by the group itself.

1.3.   Sectoral scope

Is the undertaking active in:

A)

the coal sector (105):

☐ yes

☐ no

B)

the steel sector (106):

☐ yes

☐ no

C)

sectors covered by specific rules for financial institutions (107):

☐ yes

☐ no

1.4.   SGEI provider:

A)

Is the undertaking providing services of general economic interest?

☐ yes

☐ no

B)

If the answer to point A is yes, please describe the service(s) of general economic interest and provide a copy of the entrustment act(s).

C)

If the answer to point A is yes, please indicate the amount of the public service compensation the undertaking is receiving, describe the methodology of calculation of compensation and provide the relevant legal basis establishing the methodology of calculation of the public service compensation.

2.   Compatibility with the internal market

2.1.   Contribution to an objective of common interest:

A)

Is the beneficiary located in a region or regions (at NUTS level 2) where the unemployment rate is one of the following:

higher than the Union average, persistent and accompanied by difficulty in creating new employment in the region or regions concerned

higher than the national average, persistent and accompanied by difficulty in creating new employment in the region(s) concerned.

☐ yes

☐ no

B)

Is there a risk of disruption to an important service which is hard to replicate and it would be difficult for any competitor simply to step in (for example, a national infrastructure provider)?

☐ yes

☐ no

C)

Does the undertaking have any important systemic role in a particular region or sector? Would its exit have any potential negative consequences (for example as a supplier of an important input)?

☐ yes

☐ no

D)

Is there a risk of interruption to the continuity of provision of an SGEI?

☐ yes

☐ no

E)

Would the failure or adverse incentives of credit markets push an otherwise viable undertaking into bankruptcy?

☐ yes

☐ no

F)

Would the exit from the market of the undertaking concerned lead to an irremediable loss of important technical knowledge or expertise?

☐ yes

☐ no

G)

Would the failure of the beneficiary involve any similar situation of severe hardship not listed above?

☐ yes

☐ no

H)

If you have answered yes to any of the questions in points A to G, please fully substantiate the answer(s), including a reference to the further supporting evidence or documents provided in annex.

2.2.   Restructuring plan and return to long-term viability

Please provide the restructuring plan (108) aiming at restoring the long-term viability (109) of the beneficiary within a reasonable timescale together with a market survey and a sensitivity analysis identifying the driving parameters of the beneficiary's performance and the main risk factors going forward (please follow as much as possible the indicative restructuring plan set out in Annex II to the Guidelines).

3.   Need for State intervention/incentive effect

3.1.   Please provide a comparison between the measures set out in the restructuring plan and a credible alternative scenario not involving State aid (110) demonstrating that in such an alternative scenario the relevant objective or objectives that you have identified in section 2.1 would not be attained, or would be attained to a lesser degree.

3.2.   Please demonstrate that in the absence of the aid, the beneficiary would have been restructured, sold or wound up in a way that would not have achieved the objective of common interest identified in section 2.1.

4.   Appropriateness

4.1.   Please provide a short description of the State aid instruments chosen, including the form, amount and remuneration (111):

4.2.   Please explain whether the problems of the beneficiary are caused by liquidity and/or solvency issues, or by both:

4.3.   Please demonstrate that the State aid instruments chosen are appropriate to address the problems identified in point 4.2 (that is to say liquidity or solvency issues).

5.   Proportionality of the aid/aid limited to the minimum

5.1.   Own contribution

A)

Does the own contribution of the beneficiary amount to at least 50 % of the restructuring costs (112)?

☐ yes

☐ no

B)

Please describe and quantify each category of restructuring costs to be incurred, provide for their total amount and indicate which percentage of the restructuring costs will be covered by the own contribution:

C)

Please describe and quantify the own contribution to the restructuring costs to be provided from the own resources of the beneficiary, its shareholders or creditors, or the business group to which it belongs, or from new investors:

D)

Please explain why you consider this own contribution to be real and aid-free:

E)

Please demonstrate that the own contribution is comparable to the aid granted in terms of effects on the solvency or liquidity position of the beneficiary (113) and, if not, explain why, with reference, if appropriate, to supporting documents (e.g. balance sheet, cash flow statements):

5.2.   Burden-sharing

To be completed if the State aid is granted in a form that enhances the beneficiary's equity position  (114)

A)

Have the beneficiary's losses been fully accounted for, attributed to and absorbed by existing shareholders and/or subordinated creditors?

☐ yes

☐ no

B)

If the answer to point A is yes, please provide evidence, on the basis of an up-to-date analysis of the beneficiary's balance sheet situation.

C)

Will cash outflows from the beneficiary to holders of equity and/or subordinated debt be prevented during the restructuring period?

☐ yes

☐ no

D)

If the answer to point C is no, please explain the reason(s).

E)

Will the State receive a reasonable share of the future gains in value of the beneficiary, in view of the amount of State equity injected in comparison with the remaining equity of the company after losses have been accounted for?

☐ yes

☐ no

F)

If the answer to point E is yes, please substantiate the answer and provide evidence accordingly.

G)

If the beneficiary's losses are not absorbed in full (see point A above) and/or cash outflows from the beneficiary to holders of equity and/or subordinated debt are not prevented during the restructuring period (see point C above), please explain the reasons, in particular why full implementation of those conditions would lead to disproportionate results:

H)

Are senior debt holders contributing to restoring the beneficiary's equity position?

☐ yes

☐ no

I)

If the answer to point H is yes, please explain in which way senior debt holders will contribute.

6.   Negative effects

6.1.   “One time, last time” principle

Has the undertaking (or the group to which it belongs) already received any rescue aid, restructuring aid or temporary restructuring support (115) and/or any non-notified aid?

☐ yes

☐ no

If yes, please provide full details (date, amount, reference to previous Commission decision if applicable, etc.) (116):

6.2.   Measures to limit distortions of competition:

Structural measures — divestments and reduction of business activities

A)

Please describe the divestments of assets, reduction of capacity or market presence committed to be undertaken. Please show that divestments, write-offs and closure of loss-making activities included in the commitments are not necessary to restore long-term viability of the beneficiary. Please indicate in addition the relevant markets in which those divestments will take place and their timing (117). Please indicate as well whether the beneficiary will facilitate divestitures, for example through ring-fencing of activities and by agreeing not to solicit clients of the divested business.

B)

If structural measures exceptionally take the form of divestment of assets alone and do not involve the creation of a viable entity able to compete in the market, please demonstrate that no other form of structural measures would be feasible or that other structural measures would seriously jeopardise the economic viability of the undertaking:

Behavioural measures

C)

Does the beneficiary agree to refrain from acquiring shares in any company during the restructuring period, except where indispensable to ensure its long-term viability and subject, in that case, to notification to and approval by the Commission?

☐ yes

☐ no

D)

Does the beneficiary agree to refrain from publicising State support as a competitive advantage when marketing its products and services?

☐ yes

☐ no

E)

Are there any other behavioural measures foreseen?

☐ yes

☐ no

Market opening measures

F)

Will any measures be adopted by the national authorities or by the beneficiary with the aim of promoting more open, sound and competitive markets, for instance by favouring entry and exit (118)?

☐ yes

☐ no

G)

If the answer to point F is yes, please describe which measures and in which market, indicating how the measures are directly or indirectly linked to the beneficiary's activities:

Calibration of measures to limit distortions of competition

H)

Is any of the aid aimed at covering the social costs of restructuring (119)?

☐ yes

☐ no

I)

If the answer to point H is yes, please specify:

7.   Other information

7.1.   Please indicate here any other information you consider relevant for the assessment of the measure(s) concerned under the Guidelines (e.g. as regards measures to increase employability of redundant workers or assistance with finding new employment):

PART III.3.C

Supplementary information sheet on rescue aid, restructuring aid and/or temporary restructuring support: aid schemes

This supplementary information sheet must be filled with regard to rescue aid, restructuring aid and temporary restructuring support schemes covered by the Guidelines on State aid for rescuing and restructuring non-financial undertakings in difficulty  (120) (“Guidelines”).

1.   Scope of the scheme

1.1.   Does the scheme concern provision of:

(a)

rescue aid:

☐ yes

☐ no

(b)

restructuring aid:

☐ yes

☐ no

(c)

temporary restructuring support:

☐ yes

☐ no

2.   Eligibility

2.1.   Is the scheme limited to SMEs (121) in difficulty or smaller State-owned undertakings in difficulty (122) (unless clearly indicated otherwise hereafter together referred as “SMEs”)?

☐ yes

☐ no

2.2.   Is the scheme limited to SMEs that fulfil one of the following eligibility criteria:

(a)

In relation to SMEs that are limited liability companies (123): more than half of the subscribed share capital has disappeared as a result of accumulated losses (124)?

☐ yes

☐ no

(b)

In relation to SMEs which are companies where at least some members have unlimited liability for the debt of the company (125): more than half of the capital shown in the company accounts has disappeared as a result of accumulated losses?

☐ yes

☐ no

(c)

SMEs that are subject to collective insolvency proceedings or fulfil the criteria under their domestic law for being placed in collective insolvency proceedings at the request of their creditors?

☐ yes

☐ no

(d)

In relation to smaller State-owned undertakings: the undertaking's book debt to equity ratio has been greater than 7,5 and its EBITDA interest coverage ratio has been below 1,0 for the past two years?

☐ yes

☐ no

2.3.   Does the scheme foresee that rescue aid or temporary restructuring support, or both, can be granted to SMEs that do not qualify as undertakings in difficulty but are merely facing acute liquidity needs due to exceptional and unforeseen circumstances?

☐ yes

☐ no

2.4.   If the answer to point 2.3 is yes, please explain how it will be assessed whether an SME faces acute liquidity needs and which kinds of circumstances are qualified as exceptional and unforeseen.

2.5.   Does the scheme apply to newly-created SMEs?

☐ yes

☐ no

2.6.   Does the scheme apply to SMEs active in:

(a)

the coal sector (126):

☐ yes

☐ no

(b)

the steel sector (127):

☐ yes

☐ no

(c)

sectors covered by specific rules for financial institutions (128):

☐ yes

☐ no

3.   Maximum amount of aid

3.1.   Is the maximum total amount of aid to be granted to any one SME under the scheme limited to a maximum of EUR 10 million, including any aid obtained from other sources or under other schemes?

☐ yes

☐ no

3.2.   Please indicate the maximum amount of aid to be granted to an SME under the scheme:

4.   Compatibility with the internal market

In the case of rescue, restructuring aid and temporary restructuring support

4.1.   Contribution to an objective of common interest:

a)

Does the scheme apply only in cases where the failure of the beneficiary would be likely to involve social hardship or a market failure, in particular:

the exit of an innovative SME or an SME with high growth potential would have potential negative consequences:

☐ yes

☐ no

the exit of an SME with extensive links to other local or regional SMEs would have potential negative consequences:

☐ yes

☐ no

the failure or adverse incentives of credit markets would push an otherwise viable SME into bankruptcy:

☐ yes

☐ no

similar situations of hardship duly substantiated by the beneficiary:

☐ yes

☐ no

b)

If the answer to any of the questions in point (a) is yes, please fully substantiate the answer(s) and explain the criteria on the basis of which the national authorities are going to assess the contribution to the objectives of common interest.

In the case of restructuring aid

4.2.   Restructuring plan and return to long-term viability

In relation to the grant of restructuring aid, does the scheme require the provision of a restructuring plan (129) aiming at restoring the long-term viability (130) of the beneficiary within a reasonable timescale (please see an indicative restructuring plan in Annex II to the Guidelines)?

☐ yes

☐ no

5.   Need for State intervention and incentive effect

5.1.   In relation to the grant of restructuring aid, does the scheme require that the national authorities compare the measures set out in the restructuring plan with a credible alternative scenario not involving State aid (131) demonstrating that in such an alternative scenario the relevant objective or objectives of common interest, as described in section 4.1 above, would not be attained, or would be attained to a lesser degree? In particular, does the scheme require a demonstration that in the absence of the aid, the beneficiary would have been restructured, sold or wound up in a way that would not have achieved the objective or objectives of common interest, as described in section 4.1 above?

☐ yes

☐ no

5.2.   If the answer to point 5.1 is yes, please explain according to which criteria the national authorities will assess it.

6.   Appropriateness

In the case of rescue aid

6.1.   Is the aid granted under the scheme restricted to loan guarantees or loans?

☐ yes

☐ no

6.2.   Does the scheme require that the financial cost of the loan (or, in the case of loan guarantees, the total financial cost of the guaranteed loan, including the interest rate of the loan and the guarantee premium) is set at a rate not lower than the reference rate set out by the Commission in its Reference Rate Communication (132) for weak undertakings offering normal levels of collateralisation?

☐ yes

☐ no

6.3.   Does the scheme provide that rescue aid is granted for no longer than six months, during which an analysis must be made of the beneficiary's position?

☐ yes

☐ no

6.4.   Does the scheme provide that, within six months after granting the rescue aid, the loan will be reimbursed or the guarantee terminated, unless before that time either: (a) the national authorities have approved a restructuring plan, or liquidation plan, or (b) the beneficiary has submitted a simplified restructuring plan (133) (in case of temporary restructuring support)?

☐ yes

☐ no

6.5.   Does the scheme provide that the rescue aid must not be used to finance structural measures, such as acquisition of significant businesses or assets, other than those required during the rescue period for the survival of the beneficiary?

☐ yes

☐ no

In the case of restructuring aid

6.6.   Please explain on basis of which criteria the national authorities will assess to what extent the problems of the beneficiary relate to liquidity or solvency or both, and how they will select the State aid instruments which will address the problems identified in the most appropriate way:

In the case of temporary restructuring support

6.7.   Is the temporary restructuring support to be granted under the scheme restricted to loan guarantees or loans?

☐ yes

☐ no

6.8.   Does the scheme require that the financial cost of the loan (or, in the case of loan guarantees, the total financial cost of the guaranteed loan, including the interest rate of the loan and the guarantee premium) be set at a rate not lower than the reference rate set out by the Commission in its Reference Rate Communication for weak undertakings offering normal levels of collateralisation?

☐ yes

☐ no

6.9.   Does the scheme require that the remuneration for the temporary restructuring support be increased by at least 50 basis points 12 months after the disbursement of the first instalment to the beneficiary (less any immediately preceding period of rescue aid)?

☐ yes

☐ no

6.10.   Does the scheme provide that temporary restructuring support be granted for no longer than 18 months, less any immediately preceding period of rescue aid?

☐ yes

☐ no

6.11.   Does the scheme provide that not later than six months after disbursement of the first instalment of the temporary restructuring support to the beneficiary, less any immediately preceding period of rescue aid, the national authorities will approve a simplified restructuring plan?

☐ yes

☐ no

6.12.   Does the scheme provide that within 18 months from the date of granting of the temporary restructuring support, less any immediately preceding period of rescue aid, the loan will be reimbursed or the guarantee terminated, unless before that time a restructuring plan or liquidation plan of the beneficiary has been approved by the national authorities?

☐ yes

☐ no

7.   Proportionality of the aid or aid limited to the minimum

In the case of rescue aid and temporary restructuring support

7.1.   Amount of aid

(a)

Does the scheme provide that the amount of aid will not exceed the result of the calculation on the basis of the formula set out in Annex I to the Guidelines?

☐ yes

☐ no

(b)

If the answer to point (a) is no, does the scheme require the preparation of a liquidity plan setting out the beneficiary's liquidity needs for the next six months (18 months in the case of temporary restructuring support)?

☐ yes

☐ no

(c)

If the answer to point (b) is yes, please explain on which basis and according to which information the national authorities will examine whether the liquidity plan setting out the beneficiary's liquidity needs for the next six months (18 months in the case of temporary restructuring support) is duly justified:

In the case of restructuring aid

7.2.   Own contribution

(a)

Does the scheme require provision of a real and aid-free contribution to the restructuring costs from the own resources of the beneficiary, its shareholders, creditors, the business group to which it belongs or from new investors amounting to at least 40 % of the restructuring costs in the case of medium-sized enterprises or 25 % of the restructuring costs in the case of small enterprises?

☐ yes

☐ no

(b)

If the answer to point (a) is yes, please explain which elements the national authorities will take into account to assess whether the own contribution is real and aid-free:

(c)

Does the scheme require that the own contribution should be comparable to the aid granted in terms of effects on the solvency or liquidity position of the beneficiary (134)?

☐ yes

☐ no

(d)

If the answer to point (c) is yes, please explain how the national authorities will assess it:

7.3.   Burden-sharing

To be completed if the scheme provides that the State aid can be granted in a form enhancing the beneficiary's equity position  (135):

(a)

Does the scheme provide that State intervention may only take place after losses have been fully accounted for and attributed to the existing shareholders and/or subordinated debt holders?

☐ yes

☐ no

(b)

Will cash outflows from the beneficiary to holders of equity and subordinated debt be prevented during the restructuring period to the extent legally possible?

☐ yes

☐ no

(c)

If the answer to point (b) is no, please explain on the basis of which criteria the national authorities will assess whether such cash outflows would not disproportionately affect those that have injected fresh equity.

(d)

Will the national authorities allow any exceptions from the conditions described in points (a) and (b) above?

no

yes. If so, please explain.

(e)

Does the scheme provide that the State will receive a reasonable share of the future gains in value of the beneficiary, in view of the amount of State equity injected in comparison with the remaining equity of the company after losses have been accounted for?

☐ yes

☐ no

8.   Negative effects

8.1.   “One time, last time” principle:

Does the scheme exclude (136) the provision of aid to any SME which has received rescue aid, restructuring aid or temporary restructuring support in the past (137) and/or any non-notified aid?

☐ yes

☐ no

In the case of restructuring aid

8.2.   Measures to limit distortions of competition (138):

Structural measures — divestments and reduction of business activities

(a)

Does the scheme require from beneficiaries divestments of assets, reduction of capacity or market presence (139) together with indication of the relevant markets on which those divestments will take place (140) and their timing (141)?

☐ yes

☐ no

(b)

Does the scheme state that structural measures should normally take the form of divestments on a going-concern basis of viable stand-alone businesses that, if operated by a suitable purchaser, can compete effectively in the long term?

☐ yes

☐ no

(c)

If the answer to point (b) is no, does the scheme provide that, where there is a lack of such entities, the beneficiary might carve out and subsequently divest an existing and appropriately funded activity, creating a new and viable entity that should be able to compete in the market?

☐ yes

☐ no

(d)

If the scheme allows for structural measures in the form of divestment of assets alone, without involving the creation of a viable entity able to compete in the market, does it require a demonstration by the beneficiary that no other form of structural measures would be feasible or that other structural measures would seriously jeopardise the economic viability of the undertaking?

☐ yes

☐ no

Behavioural measures

(e)

Does the scheme require that the beneficiary refrain from acquiring shares in any company during the restructuring period, except where indispensable to ensure the long-term viability?

☐ yes

☐ no

(f)

Does the scheme require that the beneficiary refrain from publicising State support as a competitive advantage when marketing their products and services?

☐ yes

☐ no

(g)

Does the scheme provide for the beneficiary to refrain from engaging in commercial behaviour aimed at a rapid expansion of its market share relating to specific products or geographic markets by offering terms (for example as regards prices and other commercial conditions) which cannot be matched by competitors that are not in receipt of State aid?

☐ yes

☐ no

(h)

If the answer to point (g) is yes, under what circumstances? Please explain.

(i)

Does the scheme foresee any other behavioural measures?

no

yes. If so, please describe.

Market opening measures

(j)

Does the scheme allow for any measures to be adopted by the national authorities or by the beneficiary that are aimed at promoting more open, sound and competitive markets, for instance by favouring entry and exit (142)?

☐ yes

☐ no

(k)

If the answer to point (j) is yes, please describe:

9.   General

9.1.   Does the scheme apply to SMEs in an assisted area?

☐ yes

☐ no

9.2.   Do specific provisions apply to SMEs in assisted areas under the scheme?

☐ yes

☐ no

9.3.   If the answer to point 9.2 is yes, please explain which specific provisions apply and why they are justified.

9.4.   Do the national authorities intend to accept a contribution which constitutes less than 40 % of the restructuring costs in the case of medium-sized enterprises or less than 25 % of the restructuring costs in the case of small enterprises?

☐ yes

☐ no

9.5.   If the answer to point 9.4 is yes, please explain how the national authorities will apply the requirements concerning the measures to limit distortions of competition in order to limit the negative systematic impacts for the region:

10.   Other information

Please provide any other information that would be of relevance to assess the notified aid measure under the Guidelines (e.g. as regards measures to increase employability of redundant workers or assistance with finding new employment):

PART III.4

Supplementary Information Sheet on aid for films and other audiovisual works

This supplementary information sheet must be used for notifications of aid covered by the Commission Communication on State aid for films and other audiovisual works  (143)

1.   Characteristics of the notified aid measure(s)

1.1.   Please describe as accurately as possible the purpose of the aid, where appropriate, for each measure:

1.2.   Please describe the scope of each measure, in terms of:

1.2.1.   the type of activities covered (e.g. development, production, distribution):

1.2.2.   the type of works covered (e.g. cinematographic works, television series, transmedia projects):

1.3.   If the aid scheme includes a support measure for transmedia projects, do the aided activities directly relate to the film production component of the work?

☐ yes

☐ no

1.4.   Please indicate what provisions exist to guarantee the cultural objective of the aid:

2.   Conditions for eligibility

2.1.   Please indicate the conditions for eligibility of activities or works under the planned aid measure:

2.2.   Please indicate the conditions for eligibility of beneficiaries under the planned aid measure:

Does the scheme differentiate on grounds of nationality or place of residence?

Are beneficiaries obliged to fulfil any conditions other than that of being represented by a permanent agency at the moment of the payment of the aid?

If the aid has a tax component, must the beneficiary fulfil any obligations or conditions other than that of having taxable revenue in the territory of the Member State?

Other conditions:

3.   Territorial spending obligations

3.1.   Please indicate whether the measure includes provisions requiring the producer to spend the production budget, or parts of it, in the territory of the Member State or in one of its subdivisions:

3.1.1.   In order to be eligible for aid?

☐ yes

☐ no

3.1.2.   As a condition attached to the granting of the aid?

☐ yes

☐ no

3.2.   Do the conditions of territorial spending apply to certain specific items of the production budget?

3.3.   If it is necessary to comply with a minimum degree of territorial spending in order to be eligible for the aid, please describe the nature of the requirements:

3.3.1.   Of implicit nature (e.g. a minimum number of days shooting the production in the territory):

3.3.2.   Of explicit nature (e.g. a minimum amount or percentage of expenditure):

3.4.   In case there are territorial conditions attached to the granting of the aid, please explain:

3.4.1.   Is the aid calculated as a percentage of territorial expenditure?

3.4.2.   Is the required territorial spending calculated with regard to the overall budget of the film?

3.4.3.   Is the required territorial spending calculated with regard to the amount of aid granted?

4.   Eligible costs

Please specify the costs which may be taken into account to determine the amount of aid.

5.   Aid intensity

5.1.   Please indicate whether the scheme allows for aid intensities exceeding 50 % of the production budget? If so, please clarify the types of works concerned and the aid intensity limits set.

5.2.   If the concept of “difficult audiovisual works” is used, please indicate the categories of works covered by this concept (that is to say, please indicate the definition used).

5.3.   If scriptwriting or development is aided under the scheme: are the costs of scriptwriting and development included in the production budget and taken into account for calculating the aid intensity of the audiovisual work?

5.4.   If distribution and promotion activities are supported under the scheme: what are the aid intensities allowed under the scheme?

6.   Film heritage

If applicable, please provide information on the measures taken with regard to film heritage.

7.   Compatibility

7.1.   Please provide a reasoned justification in support of compatibility of the aid in the light of the principles set out in the Commission Communication on State aid for films and other audiovisual works.

7.2.   If the scheme concerns aid to cinemas, please provide a reasoned justification in support of the compatibility of the aid as aid to promote culture within the meaning of Article 107(3)(d) TFEU, in particular the necessity, adequacy and proportionality of the aid.

8.   Other Information

Please indicate here any other information you consider relevant to the assessment of the measure(s) concerned under the Communication on State aid for films and other audiovisual works.

PART III.5

Supplementary Information Sheet on State aid to broadband

This supplementary information sheet should be used for notifications of aid covered by the EU Guidelines for the application of State aid rules in relation to rapid deployment of broadband networks  (144) (“Broadband Guidelines”).

1.   Characteristics of the notified aid measure

1.1.   Please describe the objective of the aid measure:

1.2.   Please explain how the aid measure fits with the national broadband strategy and the Union objectives (including for the EU 2020 strategy and the Digital Agenda (145)).

1.3.   Please present the rationale for public intervention and explain the anticipated benefits of the aid measure (e.g. economic and social benefits, increased broadband coverage and internet penetration rates, etc.).

1.4.   What category of network does the aid measure aim to support?

backbone networks (or trunk networks);

backhaul networks (or regional, or middle-mile networks);

access networks (or last mile networks).

1.5.   What elements of the network does the aid measure aim to support?

Passive infrastructure elements;

Active infrastructure equipment.

1.6.   What type of broadband networks does the aid measure aim to support?

basic broadband networks (providing at least 2Mbps download speed);

next generation access networks (“NGA”) (146);

ultrafast broadband networks (147).

1.7.   What types of areas are targeted by the aid measure? Classify targeted areas with respect to the different segment and type of network supported and substantiate the classification on the basis of verifiable data.

Basic White

Basic Grey

Basic Black

NGA White

NGA Grey

NGA Black

Ultrafast White

Ultrafast Grey

Ultrafast Black

1.8.   Please provide any other relevant information useful to clarify the general context of the aid measure:

1.9.   What type of investment and business model will be adopted (148)?

2.   Process and granting of the aid measure

Mapping, coverage analysis

2.1.   What is the scope of the aid measure in terms of territorial coverage?

2.2.   Please provide information, including the date, and submit the results of the detailed mapping and coverage analysis undertaken to clearly identify the target areas:

Public consultation

2.3.   Please describe the process and the results of the open transparent public consultation giving the opportunity to all interested stakeholders to comment on the planned aid measure. Please submit the relevant internet links on which the information about the measure has been published:

Competitive selection procedure

2.4.   In case of deployment and/or operation of the subsidised network by a third-party operator, please confirm that a competitive selection procedure will be conducted in line with the EU Public Procurement Directives (149). Please provide all relevant information in that respect:

2.5.   Please provide information on how the most economically advantageous offer is to be selected (including the award criteria and the relative weighting which is given to each of the criteria chosen) taking into account qualitative criteria (for instance, coverage, sustainability of the technological approach or the impact of the solution on competition) and price:

2.6.   Are there are any minimum service requirements that the subsidised network has to comply with (such as minimum bandwidth, sustained services, minimum geographical coverage, etc.)?

☐ yes

☐ no

2.7.   If yes, please describe:

Technological neutrality

2.8.   Is the aid measure technologically neutral?

☐ yes

☐ no

2.9.   If the answer to point 2.8 is yes, please describe how that principle is ensured:

Use of existing infrastructure

2.10.   Please submit a map depicting the existing infrastructures in place in the country or region concerned, including also any new infrastructure(s) planned by commercial operators in the near future, that is to say within a three year period:

2.11.   Please explain how it is ensured that the operators wishing to participate in the selection procedure provide all relevant information on any existing infrastructure they own or control in the target area:

Wholesale access

2.12.   Please explain what type of “wholesale access” obligations will be imposed on the subsidised network (including access to passive and active infrastructure, the right to use ducts and poles, dark fibre and street cabinets), and how long the access obligations will be maintained:

Wholesale access pricing

2.13.   Please explain how access prices will be benchmarked:

Claw-back and monitoring mechanism

2.14.   Will a claw-back mechanism apply to the aid measure?

☐ yes

☐ no

2.15.   If the answer to point 2.14 is yes, please describe this mechanism, its characteristics and duration:

2.16.   Please explain how the monitoring of the aid measure will be organised:

which public authority will undertake the monitoring?

what aspects of the measure will be subject to monitoring?

which performance criteria will be analysed?

what will be the timing of the monitoring?

National regulatory authority (“NRA”)

2.17.   Please describe the role of the NRA in particular regarding: identification of target areas, wholesale access pricing including benchmarking, dispute resolution, etc.:

2.18.   Please report the position of the NRA on the proposed aid intervention and, where available, the opinion of the national competition authority:

3.   Compatibility criteria

Please explain how the notified aid measure complies with the conditions specified in Section 2.5 of the Broadband Guidelines, in particular with regard to:

Objective of common interest

(a)

Is the aid measure aimed to address well-defined objectives of common interest?

☐ yes

☐ no

(b)

If the answer to (a) is yes, please give a description of the objectives of common interest pursued by the aid measure:

Market failure

(c)

Does the aid measure address a market failure or important inequalities hampering the availability of broadband services?

☐ yes

☐ no

(d)

If the answer to (c) is yes, please describe this market failure and provide a general overview of the broadband market in the country or region concerned and of the areas targeted by the aid measure.

That overview should contain information on the current level of broadband coverage, internet penetration rate (number of connected households, enterprises), breakdown of services availability by technology, major trends on the (national or regional) broadband market, rural/urban divide in terms of broadband coverage, comparison of retail prices with those charged for the same services offered in more competitive but otherwise comparable areas or regions of the country, available technological solutions for broadband development and provision of connectivity services, competitive situation in the electronic communication markets (structure and dynamics of the markets), overview of the national regulatory framework and of existing regulatory obligations for electronic communication operators:

Appropriate instrument

(e)

Please demonstrate the appropriateness of the aid measure:

(f)

Have any other alternative (less distortive) instruments already been implemented to enable the supply of broadband services and to overcome the lack of broadband connectivity, including ex ante regulation or demand stimulation?

☐ yes

☐ no

(g)

If the answer to (f) is yes, please describe those initiatives and explain why they were deemed insufficient to achieve the desired broadband development objectives:

(h)

Have the existing network operators undertaken any private investment in the target areas over the last three years?

☐ yes

☐ no

(i)

If the answer to (h) is yes, please describe those investments and explain why existing broadband infrastructure is not sufficient to satisfy the needs of citizens and business users and why State aid is necessary:

Incentive effect

(j)

Please describe the positive effects that the aid measure is expected to generate:

Step Change

(k)

Will the aid measure ensure a “step change” in terms of broadband availability?

☐ yes

☐ no

(l)

If the answer to (k) is yes, please demonstrate this by means of comparison to the existing and planned network deployment (that is to say before and after the planned intervention). In particular, please describe in detail whether and to what extent significant new investment in the broadband network will be undertaken and what new capabilities will be brought to the market in terms of broadband service availability and quality:

(m)

Please explain the expected changes in the behaviour of the beneficiary(s) of the aid measure:

(n)

Please demonstrate that similar broadband network investment would not have been undertaken within the same time frame and/or under the same terms and conditions in the absence of State aid:

Proportionality

(o)

Please explain how it is ensured that the aid measure is limited to the minimum necessary:

Distortion of competition and effect on trade

(p)

Please explain what potential negative effects on competition and trade the aid measure may have (for example: potential to cause crowding out of private investments or reinforcement of a dominant position) and what elements in the design of the measure (150) could minimize those risks:

4.   Other information

Please indicate here any other information you consider relevant to the assessment of the measure concerned under the Broadband Guidelines or any other information that is relevant from the point of view of Union competition and internal market rules (151).

PART III.6

Supplementary information sheet for State aid for environmental protection and energy

This supplementary information sheet must be used for the notification of any aid covered by the Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy 2014–2020 (hereinafter “the EEAG”)  (152).

All documents provided by Member States as annexes to the notification form must be numbered and document numbers must be indicated in the relevant sections of this supplementary information sheet.

If there are several beneficiaries involved in an individual aid measure, the relevant information must be provided for each of them.

This supplementary information form is to be filled in in addition to the “Part I. General information” form.

Scope

General Block Exemption Regulation

Before completing this notification form you should consider whether this measure could be implemented under Commission Regulation (EU) No 651/2014 (the General Block Exemption Regulation (“the GBER”) (153), and in particular section 7 of chapter III thereof (Aid for environmental protection).

Could the aid be implemented under the GBER?

☐ yes

☐ no

If the aid could be implemented under the GBER, please explain why the measure is notified.

De minimis Regulation

Before completing this notification form you should consider whether this measure could be implemented under the de minimis Regulation (154):

Could the aid be implemented under the de minimis Regulation?

☐ yes

☐ no

If the aid could be implemented under the de minimis Regulation, please explain why the measure is notified.

This form should only be completed for notification of State aid which is intended to be implemented under the EEAG. Please fill in the relevant parts of the notification form corresponding to the character of the notified measure.

Section A:   General information on environmental and energy aid measures

1.

Please specify the type of aid below and then complete the appropriate part of section B of this supplementary information sheet (“General compatibility assessment”). If the scheme provides more than one type of aid in the list below you should complete section B for each box ticked.

If the measure is aid in the form of reductions in, or exemptions from, environmental taxes, or from funding the support for energy from renewable energy sources (155), please fill in Section C of the form (“Compatibility assessment for aid in the form of reductions in or exemptions from environmental taxes and in the form of reductions in funding support for energy from renewable sources”).

(a) ☐

Aid for undertakings which go beyond Union standards or which increase the level of environmental protection in the absence of Union standards;

(b) ☐

Aid for the acquisition of new transport vehicles which go beyond Union standards or which increase the level of environmental protection in the absence of Union standards;

(c) ☐

Aid for early adaptation to future Union standards;

(d) ☐

Aid for renewable energy sources;

Please confirm that the measure only supports energy from renewable energy sources as defined in point 19(5) and 19(11) of the EEAG.

For biofuels, please confirm that the measure only supports sustainable biofuels as defined in point 19(9) of the EEAG.

(e) ☐

Aid for energy efficieny measures;

Please confirm that the measure only supports efficiency measures as defined in point 19(2) of the EEAG.

(f) ☐

Aid for energy efficient district heating or cooling measures;

Please confirm that the measure only supports energy efficient district heating or cooling measures as defined in point 19(14) of the EEAG.

(g) ☐

Aid for high efficient cogeneration;

Please confirm that the measure only supports high efficient cogeneration as defined in point 19(13) of the EEAG.

(h) ☐

Aid for waste management;

(i) ☐

Aid for environmental studies;

(j) ☐

Aid for the remediation of contaminated sites;

(k) ☐

Aid for the relocation of undertakings;

(l) ☐

Aid involved in tradable permits schemes;

(m) ☐

Aid for energy infrastructure;

(n) ☐

Aid for CO2 capture, transport and storage (CCS);

(o) ☐

Aid for generation adequacy measures;

(p) ☐

Aid in the form of reductions in or exemptions from environmental taxes;

(q) ☐

Aid in the form of reductions in funding support for energy from renewable sources.

2.

Please provide a detailed description of the main characteristics of the notified measure (objective, likely effects of the aid, aid instrument, aid intensity, beneficiaries, budget, conditions, etc.).

3.

Can the aid be combined with other aid?

☐ yes

☐ no